Edwards held a grand opening for its new North America Semiconductor Technology Center in Hillsboro yesterday. The eco-friendly facility is located close to the company’s key accounts in the “Silicon Forest,” enabling Edwards to provide rapid service and support, customer training, and enhance its R&D and customer collaboration efforts. The approximately 200 attendees included Edwards customers and suppliers, top management, and local political and industry dignitaries. Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici and Hillsboro’s Mayor Steve Callaway offered remarks. The ceremony included the presentation of a check for $1,000 to the Liberty High School robotics team as well as an entertaining demonstration of their robot’s acrobatic approach to climbing stairs. After the opening presentations attendees toured the facility and enjoyed refreshments and entertainment.
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Hillsboro Mayor, Steve Callaway, and Edwards Vacuum U.S. President, Scott Balaguer, present check to AEMBOT robotics team (Liberty High School) during Edwards opening event. (Photo: Business Wire)
“The opening of our new facility on Century Boulevard, as we celebrate 100 years of innovation and our company’s centennial anniversary, may be unintentionally symbolic, but is strategically very important,” said Scott Balaguer, vice president and general manager of Edwards’ Semiconductor division North America. “Not only is this new headquarters located close to some of our key accounts, but this area, the ‘Silicon Forest’ and the greater Northwest, is an excellent place to recruit top-notch employees for engineering, R&D and manufacturing positions. We are bringing high volume manufacturing capability to North America to be closer to our customers and will be designing and building our integrated vacuum and abatement systems and other products here in Hillsboro, creating local jobs and contributing to the local economy in the process.”
Balaguer adds, “Edwards strives to be an environmental leader, both within the local community and the semiconductor industry, by applying ‘green’ technology in our customers’ fabs and within our own facilities. Our Technology Center holds to that promise. The new building is designed to be highly energy efficient and employee friendly. It utilizes a high-performance heating, ventilation and air conditioning system and all LED lighting with advanced occupancy sensors, making it a great place to work. In addition, we plan to purchase power through a renewable program.”
The new 75,000 square foot facility is located at 6220 NE Century Boulevard in Hillsboro. Further information about Edwards can be found at www.edwardsvacuum.com.
Edwards is celebrating its 100-year birthday in 2019. The founder, FD Edwards, began by providing vacuum equipment from a small office in South London; 100 years later Edwards has over 6,000 employees worldwide engaged in the design, manufacture and support of high technology vacuum and exhaust management equipment.
Edwards’ innovations are integral to manufacturing processes for semiconductors, flat panel displays, LEDs and solar cells. They are also used within an increasingly diverse range of industrial processes including power, glass and other coating applications; steel and other metallurgy; pharmaceutical and chemical; and for scientific instruments in a wide range of R&D applications. Edwards has state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Europe, Asia and North America.