Benchmark said it intends to invest $20 million and hire up to 100 people to support the new facility
March 3, 2023
TEMPE, Ariz.—Benchmark Electronics, Inc., a global provider of engineering, design, and manufacturing services, recently opened its new Precision Technologies facility in Mesa, Arizona, the company said in a release.
The facility is designed to provide key engineering and manufacturing services, most notably supporting the production of semiconductor capital equipment building blocks. Benchmark said it intends to invest roughly $20 million in capabilities and technology at the new facility, in addition to hiring 100 people to support its operations.
“Benchmark is a key solution partner to the capital equipment market worldwide, and this new facility will enable us to support our customers in the U.S. and across the globe with next generation manufacturing and engineering solutions,” said Benchmark Electronics President and CEO Jeff Benck, in a statement. “The investments we’re making to serve these customers will be critical to meeting the increasing demand for semiconductor capital equipment, especially with the growth in demand for semiconductors and new domestic fabs being built supported by the CHIPS Act incentives.”
Benchmark celebrated a grand opening of the facility alongside Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs, Mesa Mayor John Giles, ACA President and CEO Sandra Watson, Benchmark customers, and Arizona dignitaries across the technology and economic development sectors who have been critical to Benchmark’s expansion in Arizona.
“We are proud to celebrate the grand opening of Benchmark’s new facility alongside the best and brightest technology leaders in Arizona,” said Governor Katie Hobbs, in the release. “Since joining Arizona’s thriving technology community, Benchmark has been an incredible partner, creating skilled jobs and advancing Arizona’s innovation reputation. We look forward to seeing the great work done here at Benchmark Mesa to further enhance our growing semiconductor industry.”
According to the release, the facility significantly expands the existing cleanroom capacity across Benchmark’s Precision Technologies group with additional opportunity for the vertical integration of key processes. These processes will include unique metal joining applications, such as TIG welding and electron beam welding, precision cleaning, and other chemical finishes. The expanded capacity will also bring new job opportunities in the region to support the growth of the industries Benchmark serves, the company said.
“This new cutting-edge facility will help us take control of our semiconductor supply chains, protect our national security, and create good-paying jobs here at home,” said U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton, in the release.
Benchmark retains one of the largest U.S. electronics manufacturing footprints, with major production facilities in California, Minnesota, Alabama, New Hampshire, and Arizona. In addition to its global headquarters in Tempe, the company now boasts three other manufacturing facilities in the valley, including Phoenix, Tempe, and now Mesa.
“There is a significant amount of momentum for the semiconductor industry in Arizona and Mesa is a big part of that story,” said Mesa Mayor John Giles. “The expanding footprint of Benchmark into Mesa further solidifies our city’s role in helping to supply the Valley’s growing semiconductor industry.”
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