Cirrus Celebrates New Vision Center


Cirrus Aircraft was so excited about opening its new Knoxville Vision Center Campus, it threw a party for about 500 people, complete with food, drink, live band, aerial-dancing performers and other activities.

Cirrus, which broke ground on the facility in November 2015, has a factory service center and a delivery center in operation at 2952 Airfield Service Drive, in the West Aviation area of McGhee Tyson Airport.

Customers have already been taking delivery of the piston-engine aircraft that the Duluth, Minn. based company builds at its plant there, but the company is also planning to build a training center for its new SF50 Vision Jet, billed as the world’s first single-engine “personal jet.”

The company anticipates the training center will be completed and deliveries of the seven-seat jet will begin by late 2017.

While the company is based in Duluth and makes its aircraft there, the Knoxville facility will be the showroom for all of its models, and where customers can find products, get maintenance and support for their aircraft and have the interiors and paint schemes of their aircraft personalized.

Dale Klapmeier, CEO and co-founder of Cirrus, told those gathered that the Knoxville campus, which was announced as a $15 million investment creating 170 jobs, will play a key role in the company’s future.

“We have created our Vision Center here, our future is here, our customers will come here from all over the world,” he said.

Source: Knoxville News Sentinel, by Ed Marcum

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