Inside Track

  • Updated: November 18, 2007 - 4:07 PM

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's, well, a plane, but a really big one. European aircraft manufacturer Airbus is bringing its new A380 to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport next week for a demonstration tour.

The largest commercial plane in the world, with a capacity of 550 passengers, the A380 will stop by the airport Nov. 27 for a demonstration flight for a group of media members and dignitaries.

Northwest Airlines is one of Airbus' biggest North American customers, and Airbus would like to sign up the Eagan-based carrier for its two-level, seven-story-tall model at $319 million per copy. Northwest currently has none on order.

No. 1 with a bullet

There's some big news for Amy Langer.

Langer's Salo, a Minneapolis finance and accounting staffing firm, has been named the No. 1 fastest-growing company among the top 50 woman-owned/led businesses in North America by Entrepreneur Magazine and the Women Presidents' Organization.

Langer, 35, co-founded and helped launch Salo in 2002. The firm hit $9 million in sales two years later, $32.1 million in sales last year and projects 2007 sales of more than $40 million.

Salo provides senior-level financial and accounting specialists to provide short-term help on high-profile projects for companies. They also do permanent placement for that niche.

Client service

After a three-year hiatus, Dorsey & Whitney is back among the top U.S. law firms in terms of client service as measured by BTI Consulting.

Dorsey is the only Twin Cities firm among the BTI Client Service 30, ranking 11th. It is Dorsey's third appearance on the list.

The ranking is based on a survey of general counsels at Fortune 1000 companies and other large corporations. It's based on several factors, including legal skills and knowing the client's business.

Dorsey ranked "Best of the best" in advising about business issues.

Use it or lose it

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce was buoyed late last week with a ruling from the Minnesota Supreme Court stating that employers don't have to pay for accrued vacation or time off at the time an employee leaves a company unless company policy requires it.

The chamber had filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the policy in a case involving a Duluth medical firm that was sued by a former employee for unused vacation time after she was fired. The high court's ruling reversed a decision in favor of the former employee by the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Labor lawyer Joe Schmitt, who represented the chamber, and the chamber's Tom Hesse said that the issue of unused vacation pay is now an "employer-by-employer" issue. He said the ruling clarifies a "gray and litigious matter."

DAVID PHELPS

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