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Garmin ribbon-cutting highlights commitment to the Mid-Willamette Valley

Friday, May 1, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Elizabeth Peters
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On Wednesday, March 11 before a crowd of employees, local dignitaries and company leaders, Garmin AT Inc. unveiled a new $14 million, 66,000-square-foot building to expand its current operations on Turner Road in Salem. The new building houses approximately 215 employees on the second floor for its customer care call center, formerly located on Fairview Industrial Drive SE. The expansion also allows the company to hire an estimated additional 150 employees.

“The city of Salem is blessed and honored for Garmin choosing Salem again -- and again -- for your expansion,” said Salem Mayor Anna Peterson.

Garmin AT, which is located adjacent to the Salem Airport, designs, certifies and manufactures navigation and communications equipment for general aviation customers.

“It’s been over ten years that the Salem organization has been part of Garmin,” said Phil Straub, Vice President and Managing Director, Aviation, during the ceremony. “At that time the company consisted of 147 associates. Today that number has grown to 533 and is still growing as you can tell by this magnificent new building.”

The modern facility sports massive windows and towering skylights that fill the building with natural light. Natural wood accents are found throughout the public areas. Employees have flexible, sit-stand desks, multiple conference areas, access to a large, open break room, a balcony overlooking a basketball court, volleyball courts, and a gym.

Steve VanArsdale, General Manager of Garmin AT served as emcee for the ribbon-cutting event and joined other speakers in giving credit to employees for the site’s success. “The hard work and dedication of our employees have been key factors to our growth here in the Salem area,” said VanArsdale. “We’ve been successful in supporting Garmin Corporation, and Garmin has continued its commitment to this region.”


Straub echoed that sentiment: “One of our founding principles, in addition to providing customers with products that are essential part of their lives, is the creation of jobs for the betterment of our communities,” said Straub. “I believe that certainly holds true to form in Salem. I want to thank the state of Oregon, the city of Salem and the Salem Municipal McNary Field Airport for continuing to support us through the past 11+ years,” said Straub. “We look forward to many more years ahead.”

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