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Garmin AT recognized for MFG Day 2015

Friday, October 2, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Elizabeth Peters
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In honor of MFG Day 2015, SEDCOR, the lead economic development entity for Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley, partnered with AKT CPAs, Advisors, and Consultants to award a Certificate of Recognition to Garmin AT of Salem, Ore. on October 1.


Garmin AT designs, certifies and manufactures navigation and communications equipment for general aviation customers. The company recently unveiled a new $14 million, 66,000 square foot building to expand its current operations in Salem adjacent to the Salem Airport.


To recognize this outstanding manufacturer, AKT will make a donation to three non-profit organizations:

1.     CAIS: Clackamas Academy of Industrial Sciences, providing students an innovative, contextual learning environment focused on Manufacturing Technologies.

2.     Impact NW: Pathways to Manufacturing, an incubator for high school aged children designed to address industry workforce needs, help lower the drop-out rate, and provide clear pathways to rewarding careers in manufacturing. 

3.     FIRST: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, showing students of every age that science, technology, and problem-solving are not only fun and rewarding, but are proven paths to successful careers and a bright future for us all.


AKT is a sponsor of MFG Day 2015, a national celebration of the manufacturing industry demonstrating the potential of modern manufacturing, and the opportunity for careers. “Our team is proud to partner with valued trade associations and support worthy organizations helping to address the challenges manufacturers are face in attracting talent and skills into their industry sector,” said Chad Summers, AKT Manufacturing Business Advisor.


A certificate of recognition was presented to Steve VanArsdale, General Manager of Garmin AT by Summers and SEDCOR President Chad Freeman on Thursday, October 1. MFG Day was officially celebrated across the United States on October 2, 2015.


SEDCOR and AKT Manufacturing are actively involved in the manufacturing sector.  Both organizations strive to provide resources, education and assistance to help manufacturers take on the unique challenges and opportunities they face.




For nearly four decades, AKT Manufacturing has served manufacturers across the western United States with industry-specific business counsel and services.


AKT CPAs, Advisors, and Consultants is ranked in the Top 100 Accounting Firms nationally, providing tax, accounting, and advisory and consulting services to businesses and individuals.  The AKT Family of Companies is recognized as one of the Top 10 Best of the Best Accounting Firms by Inside Public Accounting, Best Places to Work, Healthiest Employer and CNBC’s Top 100 Wealth Management Firms nationally. Serving clients throughout the west from locations in Oregon, California, and Alaska, AKT has industry expertise working with construction, manufacturing, healthcare, nonprofit, telecommunications, food processing, agribusiness, and a variety of privately held companies. Affiliates include AKT LLP, CPAs and Business ConsultantsAKT Wealth Advisors LPAKT Benefit Advisors LP, and  AKT Retirement Plan Services LP.


Strategic Economic Development Corporation is the lead economic development entity for Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley. The 400-plus member nonprofit association leverages strong public and private partnerships to aggressively retain and attract high value jobs and capital investment to Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties of Oregon.


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