Four powerful entities team up for new headquarter site
Kärcher and the US state of Colorado’s Aurora Economic Development Council are teaming up for a new North America headquarter facility in Aurora, Colorado, slated for opening in September 2019.
This next step for Kärcher is to improve the United States operations’ footprint to ensure competitiveness and sustainable growth.
Kärcher is a Germany-headquartered giant manufacturer of cleaning equipment such as vacuum cleaners and its annual revenues are approximately $2.5 billion.
Javier Gonzalez, CEO Region North America, says: “Innovation is top of mind with Kärcher’s plan to optimize advanced manufacturing capabilities, with new technologies such as digital and automation where appropriate.
“In doing so, it will also position us for future innovation and growth/expansion, not just US but globally.”
The move will position Kärcher to operate more effectively and efficiently in terms of production, distribution, quality and purchasing. It will also allow for improved customer experience with regard to quality, availability, visibility and support.
The company says the new development “maximizes operational assets and capabilities”.
Specifically, it will optimize the work and production flow and manufacturability, maximize utilization of assets, and allow Kärcher to remain efficient in manufacturing in order to be competitive in the market with cleaning solutions.
The new location is a testament to the investment Kärcher is making with its US manufacturing initiatives and customer offerings.
The move from Camas, Washington and new build will consolidate and capitalize on engineering resources and operational excellence for Kärcher and its customers. The new 380,000 square foot facility will be Kärcher owned and designed.
Located in Aurora, Colorado, Kärcher partnered with the AEDC to find and secure a suitable 23-acre site for the new facility in the Porteos development near Denver International Airport.
Wendy Mitchell, President and CEO of AEDC added, says: “We’re thrilled to be welcoming Kärcher into the community as a partner. Aurora is a prime location for global companies to grow because of the connectivity that the City can offer through its proximity to DEN.”
JLL, a leading professional services firm specializing in real estate and investment management, consulted to help validate the Denver marketplace through site selection efforts.
JLL provided detailed expertise throughout the build-to-suit process displaying astute knowledge analyzing Kärcher’s entire North American supply chain network to evaluate the most efficient and effective site.
Kärcher says it is “pleased to be moving forward with this important step of our corporate growth strategy with SunCap Property Group, a privately held, national commercial real estate development, investment, and advisory firm will be the developer of the new facility.