It's a dynamic philosophy that has taken Garmin from a start-up GPS (Global Positioning System) manufacturer to a large international corporation that's earned the respect of customers, dealers and investors.
Since its inception in 1989 by Gary Burrell and Dr. Min Kao, Garmin has evolved as the leading, worldwide provider of navigation, communication and information devices and applications, most of which are enabled by GPS technology.
Garmin designs, develops, manufactures and markets a diverse line of user-friendly handheld portable and fixed-mount products for the auto, mobile, outdoor, fitness, marine and general aviation markets.
The company's "vertical integration" business model keeps these functions in-house, giving Garmin more control over timelines, quality and service. Garmin's ergonomically designed, user-friendly products have innovative features and designs and cover a broad range of applications and price points to meet the demands of any consumer.
A member of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), Garmin International's world headquarters is in Olathe, Kansas.