Vacuum equipment manufacturer opens Hillsboro facility
British manufacturing company Edwards Vacuum is opening its new North American semiconductor headquarters in Hillsboro.
Its site will be located on Northeast Century Boulevard, including a 75,000 square foot facility.
Edwards Vacuum is a company that manufactures and supplies vacuum and abatement equipment used in advanced manufacturing processes. It's headquartered in Burgess Hill, England.
With its newest location in Hillsboro, Edwards Vacuum predicts it will create at least 100 more high-tech jobs, with about 150 staff members already working in Hillsboro at multiple locations around town.
Hillsboro is seen as a "natural choice" because of the Silicon Forest and as a hub for leading chipmakers.
"Edwards Vacuum's new facility and headquarters in Hillsboro is a very exciting investment and a great indication of the continued growth of the semiconductor manufacturing sector in Hillsboro and the Silicon Forest," said Dan Dias, Hillsboro's economic and community development director. "It's the multiplier effect happening right in front of our eyes. Businesses like Edwards Vacuum hire local talent, serve as customers for regional businesses that supply them, enhance the regional and state economies, and benefit all Oregonians through additional property and income tax revenues that pay for schools, roads, parks, and much more."
Being located in Hillsboro will help Edwards Vacuum to be close to many of its Pacific Northwest accounts, said Shannon Lee, marketing director for Edwards Vacuum.
"This will allow us to serve our customers better, with more agility and now more commitments can be made to them," she said. "We are getting closer to our main customer and putting ourselves out there as a number-one market leader in this industry, which is really exciting."
On Thursday, Aug. 29, Edwards Vacuum plans on hosting its grand opening celebration, by reservation only. Hillsboro Mayor Steve Callaway and U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici are scheduled to attend.
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