C. Ore. aviation company builds planes from kits

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REDMOND, Ore. (AP) -- A central Oregon man has turned his childhood interest in aviation into a company that builds small planes from kits.

Matthew Collier owns Fibercraft, a shop near the Redmond Airport that helps kit-plane owners build their aircraft.

The Bulletin newspaper in Bend reports that Fibercraft has expanded beyond its core business of helping assemble aircraft. It's also helping develop a new engine for experimental airplanes and has started making plastic-molded products using a method known as thermoforming.

Fibercraft also modifies experimental aircraft, making safety or performance improvements, and offers aircraft detailing, painting and maintenance.

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Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com