SALEM, Ore. -- GPS-device-maker Garmin AT Inc. says it will expand in Salem with the help of state incentives.

The company announced Monday that it plans to hire at least 65 new people for software and engineering positions.

Garmin designs and builds aircraft navigation equipment and also runs a call center in Salem. It has about 400 employees at two locations there.

Garmin executives say they'll build a new 66,000 square foot building near their existing property at the Salem airport.

The state gave a $500,000 loan that will be forgiven if Garmin meets job-creation targets.

Salem Mayor Anna Peterson welcomed the expansion, saying Garmin bring high-paying jobs and help solidify Salem as a hub for avionics companies.

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