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Mouser Electronics undergoing expansion
Michael McManus, DIGITIMES, Taipei

IC distribution company Mouser Electronics is undergoing a two-phase expansion at it worldwide headquarters in Texas by making additions to the 492,000 square-foot facility. The first phase, due for completion by early 2016, will add 250,000 square feet to the distributor's global distribution facilities. The expansion is expected to bring more jobs to Mouser, bringing the total to more than 1,400 full-time workers at the headquarters.

The growth at the corporate headquarters coincides with expansion abroad. This summer Mouser opened a new customer service center in Tokyo. The new office makes a total of 21 locations worldwide and eight offices in the Asian-Pacific region for the component distributor that caters to electronic design engineers and procurement professionals.

Much of the expansion will focus on the distributor's vast warehouse to stock the growing lineup of new products from over 500 manufacturers. The facilities expansion will enable even more efficiencies in the logistics process.

The development follows a recently completed multi-level expansion to streamline the warehouse and shipment-fulfillment processes in order to serve customers with order-accuracy and fast delivery, as the company increases capacity to accommodate international growth. With the new expansion, Mouser will gain an additional 300,000 bins for inventory. The last major expansion at Mouser's headquarters was in 2006 when the corporate campus grew from 18 to 28 acres; the building facilities grew from 173,000 to 432,000 square feet.

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