Garmin International expanding its Kansas facility

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Garmin International Inc. said today that it was breaking ground on a $200 million facility expansion at its Olathe, Kan., campus.

The company, a unit of Garmin Ltd., said the implementation of its previously approved master plan will occur in two phases. The first includes an approximately 720,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution center on the Olathe campus, which Garmin said will take two years to complete.

A large portion of the new development will expand manufacturing for the company’s aviation business segment, providing the capacity needed to serve aircraft manufacturers and aircraft owners for decades to come.

Garmin said the capacity of its North American distribution center also will greatly increase.

“This is a significant investment in our associates and our company’s future,” said Garmin CEO Cliff Pemble in a statement.

“Our vision is to be an enduring company that is a leader in all markets that it serves. To accomplish this, we need a world-class facility that can attract and retain the highest level of talent. We believe we are poised for growth in many areas of our business, so this next phase of development is essential to Garmin’s success and it signals our commitment to our customers, associates, shareholders and community.”

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