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Cason said Delta’s 12,000-employment number includes “subsidiaries, partners and affiliates” including Compass Airlines and Endeavor, which fly commuter flights under the Delta name.
Suffice it to say, the Twin Cities lost hundreds of good-paying jobs when Delta absorbed NWA and moved key functions to Atlanta. The state applied for a $2.6 million federal grant in 2010 to help retrain about 700 former NWA employees who sought assistance.
Meanwhile, Endeavor Air Inc., the formerly bankrupt Pinnacle Airlines that is now a Delta commuter subsidiary, last summer moved its headquarters from Memphis to vacant space at what is now Delta’s regional headquarters at the Twin Cities airport. Endeavor plans to employ more than 200 Minnesotans.
Being a headquarters town for a Delta subsidiary or Delta’s regional hub packs neither the economic or community impact of a Fortune 500 company such as the former NWA.
But we’ll take the jobs, thanks.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development last winter agreed to a $550,000 forgivable loan to Endeavor. If it maintains certain employment levels.
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