Nanometrics Announces Expansion of Bend Operations

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(Company leaders take the hatchet to cutting the red ribbon for Nanometric’s new, expanded Bend engineering operations. (L-R) Patrick Wallace, Systems Engineer, Chris Raymond, Director, Technology Development, Pierre-Yves Lesaicherre, President & CEO, Philip Ziman, VP, Global Human Resources, Rodney Smedt, VP Global Engineering and Bruce Rhine, Chairman of the Board | Photo courtesy of EDCO)

Company leaders take the hatchet to cutting the red ribbon for Nanometric’s new, expanded Bend engineering operations. (L-R) Patrick Wallace, Systems Engineer, Chris Raymond, Director, Technology Development, Pierre-Yves Lesaicherre, President & CEO, Philip Ziman, VP, Global Human Resources, Rodney Smedt, VP Global Engineering and Bruce Rhine, Chairman of the Board | Photo courtesy of EDCO

Company leaders take the hatchet to cutting the red ribbon for Nanometric’s new, expanded Bend engineering operations. (L-R) Patrick Wallace, Systems Engineer, Chris Raymond, Director, Technology Development, Pierre-Yves Lesaicherre, President & CEO, Philip Ziman, VP, Global Human Resources, Rodney Smedt, VP Global Engineering and Bruce Rhine, Chairman of the Board | Photo courtesy of EDCO

Fast-growing semiconductor specialist tech company Nanometrics, a leading provider of advanced process control solutions, has announced the expansion of its Bend operations including an associated local jobs boost.

The expansion will involve relocation to a larger, state-of-the-art 12,000 square foot office space on High Desert Lane, designed to accommodate a planned increase in workforce, as well as dedicated clean-room areas for research and development of “next generation products for semiconductor process control and advanced materials characterization”.

Headquartered in Milpitas, CA, with a global work force of over 600, Nanometrics has a large Oregon presence with a staff of over 20 in the Bend area and over 40 in Hillsboro.

Its systems address a broad range of process control requirements for applica-tions such as semiconductor manufacturing and advanced semiconductor packaging, data storage, high-brightness LEDs and solar photovoltaic applications.

Nanometrics reported net revenues of over $88 million in the second quarter of 2018 and counts major hi-tech corporations like Intel and Toshiba among its customers.

The Bend expansion can accommodate an additional 25 scientists and engineers as the company continues to invest in research and development projects.

“The Bend team has delivered products and technology that have been important to Nanometrics’ rapid growth,” commented Robert Fiordalice, vice president of the Materials Characterization business unit for Nanometrics.

“Oregon’s tech industry continues to grow, attracting talented people in the technology field, and is home to several large semiconductor companies.

“The Bend area is a great place to expand our product and technology research and development efforts. We can attract world class talent in a region with great quality of life and overall lower costs than competing regions.”

Nanometrics has contracted local architects, contractors and businesses to complete renovations at its new office.

It has already begun filling internal positions related to the anticipated growth and will continue to look for qualified local candidates in various disciplines including electrical, mechanical, systems and software engineering.

Completion of the new building is expected by the end of this year, and the facility will provide work areas for approximately 50 employees, more than doubling the existing headcount. The new office will also provide for 4000 sq. ft of laboratory space, including a state-of-the-art, 1700 sq. ft cleanroom.

Nanometrics is already hiring for positions related to the expansion, and has filled several positions this year. Over the next two years, the company intends to continue hiring to bring the office to capacity.

About Nanometrics
Nanometrics is a leading provider of advanced, high-performance process control metrology (the scientific study of measurement) and inspection systems used primarily in the fabrication of semiconductors and other solid-state devices, including sensors, optoelectronic devices, high-brightness LEDs, discretes and data storage components. Nanometrics’ automated and integrated metrology systems measure critical dimensions, device structures, topography and various thin film properties, including three-dimensional features and film thickness, as well as optical, electrical and material properties. The company’s process control solutions are deployed throughout the fabrication process, from front-end-of-line substrate manufacturing, to high-volume production of semiconductors and other devices, to advanced three-dimensional wafer-level packaging applications. Its systems enable advanced process control for device manufacturers, providing improved device yield at reduced manufacturing cycle time, supporting the accelerated product life cycles in the semiconductor and other advanced device markets. The company maintains its headquarters in Milpitas, California, with sales and service offices worldwide. It was incorporated in in 1975; has been publicly traded since 1984 and is listed on NASDAQ (NANO). Known as a pioneer and innovator in the field of optical metrology, Nanometrics has an extensive installed base of more than 6,500 systems in over 150 production factories worldwide. Major customers and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partners include the largest semiconductor and process equipment manufacturers in the world.

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