Saturday, 20 May 2017

Microsemi planning Bend plant closure

Microsemi Corp., which designs and makes silicon microchips in Bend, plans to close the production side of its facility at 405 SW Columbia Drive during the next two years, according to a notice the company sent to an electronics distributor.

The closing could mean the loss of dozens of jobs, as well as a semiconductor manufacturing center.

Microsemi has not talked publicly about its plans, and a spokeswoman did not respond to The Bulletin’s multiple requests for comment. Microsemi has notified its customers, however, about products that will be discontinued and impending changes to the engineering process as a result of the closing. The notices went to Minnesota electronics distributor Digi-Key, which will forward them to anyone who has bought Microsemi products, said Kayla Krosschall, marketing specialist at Digi-Key. Digi-Key customers are mostly electrical engineers, she said.

Microsemi stated in a March 1 product discontinuation notice to Digi-Key: “Bend wafer fab will be closing over the next 24 months.”

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