Economic Boost to Gresham, Multnomah County: City of Gresham and Multnomah County work to bring Microchip Technology Inc. and much-needed jobs to former Fujitsu

7/18/2002 - Microchip Technology Inc., the City of Gresham and Multnomah County are working together, along with the State of Oregon, to put people back to work in the Gresham area. With the proposed purchase of the Fujitsu Microelectronics, Inc. facility announced today, Microchip is expected to create upwards of 360 new jobs over the next five to six years.

Microchip Technology is a leading semiconductor manufacturer, supplying components which provide electronics intelligence in products used by consumers every day, such as garage door openers, TV remote controls, automotive remote-keyless-entry systems, and smart appliances. In many cases, the consumer simply does not know that a semiconductor provides the “smart” control of the product. Headquartered near Phoenix, Arizona, Microchip has more than 35,000 customers worldwide and recently celebrated the shipment of its two billionth microcontroller. More information on the Company can be found at

“Microchip is excited to establish its largest manufacturing facility in Gresham and Multnomah County because of the highly skilled workforce, outstanding educational institutions and overall quality of life,” said Steve Sanghi, Microchip’s CEO and President. “I want to extend my appreciation to all of the dedicated city, county and state officials who are working effectively together to bring Microchip to Gresham and create jobs for their community.”

The announcement today indicates the Company’s intention to locate in Gresham, however, final sale of the facility is still pending. Additionally, a proposed partnering relationship among Microchip, City of Gresham and Multnomah County must be approved as a condition of the Company’s decision to operate in Multnomah County.

Oregon Governor John A. Kitzhaber, M.D. said, "I enthusiastically support the replacement of the Fujitsu jobs, which will benefit the state as well as the metro area. My office looks forward to bringing forward state programs which will complement local efforts."

"This could not have come at a better time," said Multnomah County Chair Diane Linn. "Microchip's investment and intention to reemploy displaced Fujitsu employees will help local families get back on track. Microchip is a successful company with a history of supporting local communities and education. This type of investment strengthens Multnomah County's place in the Silicon Forest," added Linn.

Microchip has agreed to partner with local educational institutions, such as local high schools and Mt. Hood Community College, to develop internships, mentoring programs, curriculum development as well as other contributions and opportunities.

“We are pleased to welcome a first-rate company that brings with them quality jobs and benefits. This is a huge step in helping our local economy recover and is the best possible use of the Fujitsu facility,” said Gresham Mayor Charles Becker. “Our staff and regional partners have been working hand in glove with this manufacturer providing them with a 100%, 20/20 view of this community and its assets. Bringing in such a strong manufacturer will have multiple and varied impacts to the area. It’s a miracle we were able to enter into a definitive agreement to sell the plant in such a short period of time during a slow economic climate.”

“I applaud the many professional officials from the city, county and state who are supporting Microchip’s efforts in moving to Gresham,” said Bob Lloyd, Vice President of Site Services for Microchip. “The process has moved quickly because of their teamwork and unified commitment to bring jobs to Multnomah County.”

The proposed partnering relationship between the two governments and the Company will be reviewed during a public hearing process and will be brought before the County Board of County Commissioners and the Gresham City Council for final approval in August.

Initial hiring at Microchip’s Gresham facility is expected to reach approximately 60 people during pre-production phases.

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