SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – In a move to enhance operational efficiency and provide HARMAN Professional staff with world-class resources to better serve its customers, the HARMAN Signal Processing Business Unit today broke ground on a new 50,000-square-foot Technology Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The new building will replace the existing Sandy, Utah operation and will serve as headquarters for more than 160 employees from the BSS Audio, dbx, DigiTech and Lexicon brands, HARMAN Professional’s Systems Development and Integration Group responsible for the development of HiQnet™ networking software development and the HARMAN Corporate Technology Group overseeing company-wide R&D for all brands.
Located in the River Park Business Center in the South Jordan area of Salt Lake City, the new tech center will include specialized centers for research and development, product development, hardware and software engineering, sales and marketing and will also feature a new world-class HARMAN Professional training center.
“Utah has been a hotbed for innovation and technology as well as the home to HARMAN Signal Processing brands for over 30 years and we are proud to say it will continue to be so for years to come. We are building a strong foundation for the future as this new facility represents our commitment to ongoing investments and in our operations and our team,” stated TJ Smith, General Manager, HARMAN Professional Signal Processing Business Unit.
Designed and engineered with input from HARMAN team members from various departments, the building will allow for greater operational collaboration in order to meet the needs of HARMAN customers who are moving to more systems-based solutions.
“We’re envisioning a creative environment optimized for the comfort and productivity of our team members so they can bring their strongest ideas and put forth their best effort in ensuring HARMAN customers around the world receive optimal service and support,” added Smith.
The first stage of occupation for the new facility is slated for December 2013.
Photo: (left to right): Steve Sleater, Facilities Manager, Brian Morgan, Associate Director, Software Engineering, Jackie Riley, Human Resources Manager, TJ Smith, General Manager, Signal Processing Business Unit, Harold Sullivan, Senior Manager, Engineering Services.
HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.