Rising Demand at Piper Leads To Increased Staff

As it faces more deliveries, the airframer has seen its largest employment growth in nearly a decade.

Citing increased revenue, deliveries, and demand—particularly among its M-class and trainer aircraft—Piper Aircraft has expanded its workforce by more than 20 percent over the past 18 months. The expansion, to more than 900 employees, marks its largest employment growth period since 2009.

“With aircraft orders in place for 2018 and several long-term contracts for trainer aircraft, the near-term forecast is stable,” said company president and CEO Simon Caldecott. “Additionally, our commitment to a level-loaded, built-to-order business model further enhances stability and creates consistent workload for the team.”

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