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British semiconductor supplier Edwards Vacuum to add 100 jobs at new Hillsboro (Oregon) HQ

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A British semiconductor equipment maker is the latest company to announce an expansion in Washington County, this time bringing 100 new jobs to the site.

Edwards Vacuum, which makes vacuum products and advanced exhaust management systems, is consolidating its current Hillsboro footprint into a new 75,000-square-foot facility not far from chip maker Intel Corp. These products are needed to create the ultra-clean environment required for semiconductor manufacturing.

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The new 250-person site will be the company’s new North American headquarters for its semiconductor business, the company said in a written statement. Edwards already employs 150 people in Hillsboro. It plans to add another 100 people.

“Edwards is fully committed to the Northwest region, creating jobs and participating in the local growth, as environmentally conscious corporate stewards in the neighborhood,” said Scott Balaguer, general manager for Edwards’ semiconductor division in North America, in a written statement. “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.”

The new facility, at 6220 N.W. Century Blvd., is on 8 acres near Intel’s massive Ronler Acres campus. That Intel facility is the manufacturing research and development hub for the chip giant. Processes developed here by Intel are exported to the company’s other production sites, or fabs.

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