Harris To Build Semiconductor Plant in England
MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) _ Harris Corp. said Wednesday it will build a semiconductor manufacturing plant in Plymouth, England, to increase its European presence.
″Europe is a key growth market for Harris,″ said Jon Cornell, president of Harris’ semiconductor sector. ″Having self-sufficient local manufacturing will enable us to serve our growing European customer base more efficiently and cost-effectively.″
Under the first phase of the plan, which will cost $25 million, Harris will build an assembly and testing operation at a plant that is being expanded to 30,000 square feet. Close to 200 people will be employed, the company said.
In phase two, Harris will build a semiconductor wafer fabrication plant on an adjacent site in the mid-1990s. The cost will be about $200 million, and the work force will increase to about 500 people.
Harris Semiconductor, based in Melbourne, is the sixth largest U.S. merchant manufacturer of semiconductors and the top supplier to the U.S. government.
Harris Corp. also is involved in defense electronics systems, communications gear and office equipment.