Garmin, a developer and manufacturer of Global Positioning Satellite devices, will invest $11 million to expand its Chandler, Arizona facility, with plans to build a 60,000 square foot building at the Chandler Corporate Center. The expansion will help support Garmin’s software engineering needs, including aviation, automotive OEM, and desktop applications.
The company estimates it will add 141 new software and product development jobs over the next three years. “Garmin has been a longtime employer in Chandler and the greater Phoenix area, because it offers a highly-skilled workforce,” said Kevin Rauckman, Garmin’s chief financial officer. “Investing in the construction of our own facility signals a long-term commitment to Chandler and the state of Arizona.” Construction will begin late this summer with an expected completion in the first half of 2014.
“Garmin is exactly the kind of quality, high-tech employer that we need in Arizona,” said Gov. Jan Brewer. “I thank Garmin for its continued investment in our state and its ongoing role in helping drive the Arizona Comeback.”
“These are the elite technology jobs, and employees in this industry can choose to live anywhere,” said Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “You have to have an excellent community and sense of place in order to attract and retain companies like Garmin.”
“Garmin is a champion of next-generation technologies, and we are so pleased the company has selected Arizona as a foundation for continued growth,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority. “This Chandler expansion will create high-wage jobs and generate cutting-edge research and development, strengthening our statewide economy and bolstering Arizona’s base of idea-generation and innovation.”