Garmin to Expand its Operations in Olathe

October 20, 1999

"International electronics company plans groundbreaking for $12 million expansion"

OLATHE, Kan. -- Garmin International, a manufacturer of navigation and communication electronics, including Global Positioning Systems (GPS), is pleased to announce expansion of its facilities located at the corner of 151st Street and Ridgeview Road in Olathe.

In January 1996, the present building was completed and occupied on Garmin

International's 41-acre site. That facility will be more than doubled in size to approximately 240,000 square feet.

"Garmin is fortunate to have experienced continuous growth since the formation of our company 10-years ago," said Gary Burrell, president, Garmin International. "We are thrilled that favorable acceptance of our products and services by our customers is enabling us to grow and to make a greater contribution to this community."

The expansion project will make room for growth beyond the current staff of approximately 500 associates.

Garmin International will hold a groundbreaking ceremony and 10-year anniversary celebration at 3 p.m. on Friday, October 29. The local media is invited to attend. Construction on the building expansion is expected to be completed in 2000.

The company has additional offices located in Taiwan and England.