Piper Aircraft hit some turbulence in the past decade, as three hurricanes in 2005 destroyed manufacturing facilities at its headquarters in Vero Beach, Fla. Today, the company is thriving under new management and has introduced the Piper Matrix and the PiperJet to the market. "Over the years, Piper has had many owners, but few have seen the company's potential," said Kevin Gould, chief executive officer.

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