Juniper Systems, the Logan-based company known for making rugged handheld computers for a variety of industries, is looking to expand its corporate footprint with a new building.
According to documents provided by the city of Logan, company officials envision a 52,390-square-foot facility, which would be built on the west side of its headquarters at 1132 W. 1700 North.
“It’s something we’ve been working on considering for the last two or three years as the growth of the company continues to go forward,” said DeVon Labrum, president and CEO of Juniper Systems.
The company’s design review permit received conditional approval from the Logan City Planning Commission on Thursday.
Labrum told the newspaper he hopes to begin construction as soon as possible, with the hope that the facility will open in March or June of 2019.
Labrum told The Herald Journal that Juniper Systems currently has about 140 employees, and the company has seen steady growth over the last few years. Juniper Systems’ current facility in Logan is about 45,000 square feet.
“Business has been strong and continues to grow, and we’ve just outgrown our current facility and need additional space for our manufacturing purposes and for office space,” Labrum said.
The addition will give the company the space they need to continue to meet that growing demand for its products, Labrum said.
Labrum said the company makes upward of 20,000 units a year, but he didn’t get specific about how many more products the company would be able to churn out with a new building.
Jamie Andrus, president and CEO of the Cache Chamber of Commerce, praised Juniper Systems on the expansion.
“I think that’s fantastic, they’re a great company,” she said. “It’s just the kind of business we would love to see growing in Cache Valley.”
Juniper Systems is known around the world for making handheld computers that are strong enough to withstand a variety of conditions outdoors to help everyone from oilmen to farmers. Many of the devices include light-up screens, rubber keypads and durable cases to protect against the elements.
Juniper Systems was founded by Ron Campbell, who is part of the same family that founded another Logan-based company, Campbell Scientific, an electronic measurement and control instruments manufacturer. Juniper Systems is a subsidiary of Campbell Scientific.
Within the last year, the company said goodbye ― at least for now ― to Ron Campbell, who is serving an LDS mission.
Since Campbell’s departure, Juniper Systems has released some new products, Labrum said.
“It’s just a continuation, really, of what we’ve been about for the last 25 years, and we just continue to innovate and release new products,” he said.
Those new products include a 7-inch rugged tablet computer that is shockproof, waterproof and dust-proof, ideal for remote field data collection, he said.
The device is Juniper Systems’ first in tablet form, he said.