Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 30th March 2023 Issue no. 1058
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Kärcher to break ground for New Region North America Headquarters
Kärcher will be officially breaking ground for the development of a new, 380,000sq.ft facility to house its Region North America Headquarters in Aurora, Colorado, today.
The Honorable Aurora Mayor Bob LeGare will be the keynote speaker and will join other local dignitaries at this important ground breaking for Kärcher, its customers, the city and state, aimed at improving the US operation's footprint to ensure competitiveness and sustainable growth.
Kärcher says it is proud to have partnered with the Aurora Economic Development Council to secure a suitable site on 23 acres in Porteos. Upon completion, the facility will include manufacturing, warehousing and office space, with a three-story office and training area totaling 90,000sq.ft and 290,000sq.ft of manufacturing, assembly and distribution space.
With the added benefit of being close to Denver International Airport, the facility will be well-situated to host its customers and global guests.
In total, the North American headquarters will house about 350 jobs in the City of Aurora and is a $50 million investment for the company.
"Optimising our advanced manufacturing technologies places us in a strong position to meet the needs of our customers," says Javier Gonzalez, CEO Region North America. "Kärcher has a clear growth strategy and this facility will ensure we are positioned to grow, both domestically and globally, with future innovations."
Executives from the German-based company will be at the event, including Markus Asch, deputy chief executive officer and deputy chairman of the board of management, Javier Gonzalez, region North America CEO, Jason Mangone, region North America CFO and Claus Schroeder, executive vice president of operations.
The new facility in Aurora is Kärcher-owned and is designed to operate more effectively and efficiently with regard to production, distribution, quality and purchasing. The new facility will be equipped with a digital warehouse management system designed to optimise intralogistic processes. Along with a new manufacturing execution system, advanced assembly concepts, new production lines and state-of-the-art testing equipment, the facility will operate at a higher level of efficiency and utilisation than ever before in the US. All of this will allow for improved customer experiences with regards to quality, availability, visibility and support.
Aurora City Mayor Bob, LeGare, had this to say: "We are proud of the partnerships built around this deal and it clearly shows how valuable this area in Aurora and Adams County is in the evolving story of our city, county, and region.
"We're welcoming a world-class primary employer that is creating hundreds of jobs and investing tens of millions of dollars into our community in addition to bringing thousands of business visitors to Aurora each year to positively impact our economy."
Wendy Mitchell, president and CEO of the Aurora Economic Development Council, adds:
"This deal is a prime example of how the City of Aurora and Adams County are growing on the global stage.
"It's important because it's a headquarters but also because Kärcher is a top international company. It signals to the rest of the world that Aurora is a place to pay attention to and this deal will catalyse additional economic development in the future.
"We have a lot of eyes on us and as we step into the future. Having Kärcher as a partner with this new state-of-the-art facility will support the growth we want to see in advanced manufacturing and encourage other businesses to consider locating and growing here with these types of operations."
7th February 2019