Egersund,– Navico, a world-leading manufacturer of marine electronics and parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad, B&G and GoFree brands, announced today the expansion of its Ensenada, Baja California manufacturing facility. A 50,000 square foot facility has been added to the existing 75,000 square foot space, and is expected to generate another 300 jobs for the workforce, bringing the total to more than 1,000. In 2007, Navico concentrated production from a number of facilities around the globe to its existing facility in Ensenada, a coastal city in Mexico and the third-largest in Baja Calfornia, located 125 kilometers south of San Diego, Calf.

For a number of reasons, Ensenada offers unique advantages to support Navico’s leading position and growth plans in the marine electronics industry. A large enough city to have a sizeable recruitment base, with an excellent educational infrastructure and a highly attractive living environment, Ensenada offers a safe and stable setting for employees. It is also an international port with direct shipment to and from Asia, with easy transport to the United States and close access to international airports. Ensenada also offers quick access to the Pacific Ocean, allowing for on-the-water testing and quality assurance of Navico’s award-winning technologies.

“From our decision nine years ago, which lead to the concentration of Navico’s manufacturing, to the addition of research and development, sourcing and purchasing, global repair and logistics, it’s clear how strategically important the Ensenada facility has become to support Navico’s leadership position,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO, Navico. “The factory extension that we have opened today, is an important element in the continued expansion of Navico’s business, and gives us the capacity we need to support the future organic and acquisition-based growth we anticipate. We are very pleased to have reached this milestone.”

Attending the event were Navico’s Hugo Maurstad, Leif Ottosson, Jim Brailey and Anita Hatherley; as well as Carlo Bonfante – Secretary of Economic Development, State of Baja California; and Juanita Floriano – Secretary of Labor, State of Baja California.

Source: BYM News