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Factory Site Bought at Hillsboro For $9.5 Million

January 18, 1985

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) _ Fujitsu America Inc. has announced the $9.5 million purchase of a 120-acre parcel here to build a 150,000-square-foot computer disk drive manufacturing plant that eventually will employ 400 people.

Gov. Vic Atiyeh praised the San Jose, Calif.-based company at ceremonies Thursday when the announcement was made. The plant will provide ″good jobs, secure jobs″ for Washington County, he said.

Construction of the $25 million plant is scheduled to begin in April or May and could be completed within a year. Production could begin by late 1986, officials said.

Employees will be hired locally, said Art Gemmell, Fujitsu vice president of administration. Jobs will be in manufacturing, assembling and testing of 101/2 -inch disk drives, the information storage components of computers.

Fujitsu America is a subsidiary of Fujitsu Ltd. of Japan and is a leading producer of disk drives in the United States.

Last month, Fujitsu Microelectronics Inc., also a Fujitsu Ltd. subsidiary, bought a 200-acre Gresham factory site for $9 million. That site will house a semiconductor plant that eventually will employ more than 1,000 workers, officials said.

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