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Intermec Technologies opening $12.5M downtown Cedar Rapids facility Wednesday

Two-story facility features open floor plan; collaborative work areas

A brand new multimillion dollar technology center will open its doors in Cedar Rapids Wednesday.

Intermec Technologies Corp. is opening the $12.5 million, 81,000-square-foot facility at 601 Third

St. SE in downtown Cedar Rapids.

The move of the facility to its Third Street location from 550 Second St. SE will keep the facility's 219 employees in Cedar Rapids. The building in downtown Cedar Rapids replaces the company's existing facility. The total investment for the project was $28 million.

Intermec is a supply chain management company. The company has 2,300 employees worldwide in more than 65 countries, with 219 at the Cedar Rapids site. Of the employees at the Cedar Rapids facility, nearly 80 percent focus on research and development and the design of Intermec's technologies. The average Cedar Rapids employee tenure is 17 years.

The site will employ 140 R&D engineers; nine employees in marketing; six in program management; 14 in sales; 33 in service (including 16 tech support engineers) and 17 employees in other areas, including information technology, legal, human resources, administration and technicians.

The two-story facility features an open floor plan; collaborative work areas and more than 12,000 square feet of leading-edge electrical, mechanical, software and RF test labs.

"As we mark the opening of our new Cedar Rapids Technology Center, we look forward to the continued product innovation and next-generation designs that advance Intermec as an industry leader in delivering ruggedized mobility and data collection solutions," said Earl Thompson, Intermec Senior Vice President, mobile solutions business unit. "The new building also represents a terrific opportunity for Intermec to leverage and empower our local industry-leading R&D talent with a state of the art research and test facility."

"Intermec has a long history here and we appreciate their recommitment to the central business district, which demonstrates their belief in the future of this region," said Dee Baird, president and CEO of the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance.As reported by the Gazette a year ago, the technology company broke ground on its facility in April 2012. Intermec's location at 550 Second St. SE was damaged by the 2008 Cedar River flood.

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