Hillsboro Mayor, Steve Callaway, and Edwards Vacuum U.S. President, Scott Balaguer, present a check to the AEMBOT robotics team (Liberty High School) during the opening event for Edwards’s North America Semiconductor Technology Center. (Photo: Business Wire)

The ‘green’ facility will bring high-volume manufacturing capability to North America

HILLSBORO, Ore.—Edwards Vacuum recently opened a 75,000-square-foot facility in Hillsboro, Oregon, that will serve as the company’s North American base for design and manufacture of high- technology vacuum and exhaust management equipment. The new North America Semiconductor Technology Center is an eco-friendly facility located at 6220 NE Century Boulevard in Hillsboro, near the company’s key accounts in the “Silicon Forest.” Its location will enable Edwards to provide rapid service, support, and customer training, and enhance its R&D and customer collaboration efforts, the company said in a press release.

“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, in the release. “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.”

Edwards held a grand opening of the facility in August, an event attended by customers, 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 a demonstration of their robot’s acrobatic approach to climbing stairs.

“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,” Balaguer added. “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.”

Edwards (www.edwardsvacuum.com) said that its 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 manufacturing facilities in Europe, Asia, and North America.

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