UK-based vacuum manufacturer Edwards Vacuum has begun construction of its new Technology Innovation Centre in Hillsboro, Oregan, US.
The 75,000 sq ft facility will serve as the company’s North American semiconductor headquarters. Edwards held a ground-breaking ceremony at the Century Boulevard eight-acre site attended by company officials and local dignitaries, including Hillsboro City Mayor, Steve Callaway, and President of the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce, Deanna Palm.
Scott Balaguer, Vice-President and General Manager of the Semiconductor Division North America, stated, “Our state-of-the-art innovation centre and manufacturing facility is strategically located close to some of our key accounts in the Pacific Northwest, and will enable us to work closely with them, as well as other customers in North America, on R&D and continuous improvement programs. This proximity will also enable us to provide rapid service & support, as well as serve as our regional training centre.”
Edwards has approximately 100 employees at its current Hillsboro locations, and with consolidation expects to double in size at the new facility, which is scheduled to open in Q2 2019.
Balaguer added, “Edwards is fully committed to the Northwest Region, creating jobs and participating in the local growth, as environmentally conscious corporate stewards in the neighbourhood. We anticipate continued expansion on site, as we plan to design and manufacture our integrated vacuum and abatement production solutions, as well as other world-class products in our portfolio.”