House leader Steny Hoyer tours Beaverton semiconductor facility
U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer toured a semiconductor manufacturing facility in Beaverton with U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici on Thursday, June 30.
Bonamici brought Hoyer to visit Analog Devices' facility off Southwest Murray Boulevard and Jenkins Road during his tour across the state, she said, to show her support for Analog Devices and the semiconductor industry.
"When I go to a place with a member of Congress, I can tell what they think is important," said Hoyer, a Democrat who has represented a House district in Maryland since 1981.
After the tour, Hoyer highlighted his work on the Make It in America plan, which Congress launched in July 2010 to promote U.S. manufacturing and increase private sector jobs.
The pandemic has highlighted even further that the U.S. needs to "make it in America," he said, because so much international production was interrupted by COVID-19. Semiconductor manufacturing is especially important because Americans rely so much on the chips for daily life.
"This is about making America better, more resilient, more economically competitive and more secure as a nation," Hoyer said.
Fred Bailey, vice president at Analog Devices in Beaverton, agreed.
"Having control of our supply chain I think is really, really important," he said.
Analog Devices is expanding its Beaverton facility, too, which is the Massachusetts-based company's largest factory already. About 700 employees work at the site now, and Analog Devices plans to increase that by 40% in two years.
Daniel Burlingame, general manager of the Beaverton facility, said the company is also building out 25,000 square feet of space in the facility — previously used for backup equipment and storage — into more space for manufacturing.
This additional space, Burlingame said, will be able to essentially double the facility's capacity because of its modern and efficient design, even though it's just a quarter the size of what Analog Devices already has.
Bailey said it's important for state and federal officials to visit semiconductor manufacturing facilities in person, and he was excited to give Bonamici and Hoyer the tour Thursday. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown also toured the facility back in March, he said.
"Doing these firsthand visits are really, really important," Bailey said. "So, when they go back and advocate for us … you know they really know what we do here."