Vaisala will build new U.S. headquarters building in Louisville

Vaisala, the Finland-based maker of weather- and environmental-monitoring equipment, this week said it will build a new U.S. headquarters next door to its current leased facility in the Colorado Technology Center in Louisville.

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The 32,000 square foot building will be constructed over the next two years at a cost of about $14.8 million, the company said in a news release Thursday.

In Colorado, Vaisala is best known for a weather monitoring system constructed near the Denver Museum of Nature and Science that serves as a complement to the official National Weather Service monitoring station at Denver International Airport. The company also has played a key role monitoring lightning in huge storms, including Hurricane Irma.

But its work is not limited to planet Earth. The company also equipped Mars Rover Curiosity with gear to monitor the humidity and pressure on Mars.

Vaisala has nearly 1,600 people working in 32 offices worldwide, more than 20 percent of whom are engaged in research and development.

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