It was smiles all around at Oracle Corp.’s facility in Hillsboro when company and elected leaders announced the high-tech manufacturer will stay and expand TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Gov. John Kitzhaber laughs as he is gifted a Oracle Team USA hat by Oracle Vice President Luke Kowalski. Behind them from left are Washington County Chair Andy Duyck, Metro President Tom Hughes and Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey.

Tuesday morning’s announcement was made by Gov. John Kitzhaber and Oracle Vice President Luke Kowalski. Included in the press conference were Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey, Washington County Chair Andy Duyck, Metro President Tom Hughes and state Rep. Joe Gallegos, who represents House District 30.

Oracle officials never formally announced that they were thinking of moving out of the country. But Kitzhaber talked as though the state had convinced the company to stay and move approximately 130 manufacturing jobs from Mexico.

“I want to recognize Oracle’s decision to expand in the United States rather than overseas, just the latest example of an industry leader choosing to ‘onshore’ in our state,” Kitzhaber said. “This is further proof of Oregon’s competitiveness in the global economy and a recognition that Oregon workers are second to none in their skills and training.”

According to Kitzhaber, the state is awarding Oracle a forgivable loan of $750,000 from the Strategic Reserve Fund and $649,000 from the Business Expansion Program for their Hillsboro expansion. The awards are contingent on the company retaining 300 full-time positions and creating 130 new full-time jobs in a two-year period. Half the jobs must pay 150 percent of the state’s average income.

Oracle makes integrated data center servers and storage systems. Without acknowledging that the company has been thinking about moving, Kowalski said, “By moving production of our industry-leading systems and servers from Mexico to Oracle’s Hillsboro facility we’ll be able to meet customer demand while bringing new technology jobs to the state of Oregon.”

Willey said the announcement was an economic shot in the arm for the city, region and state.

“Nothing warms the heart of an elected official in this region more than hearing that an existing company is expanding,” said Willey, who also credited Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce President Deanna Palm with helping to broker the agreement. Willey said the relationship between the chamber, the business community and the public sector played a large role in the city’s continued TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Oracle Vice President Luke Kowalski says the company is committed to Hillsboro.

The announcement comes just a few months after Intel revealed it will build a second D1X manufacturing facility on its Ronler Acres campus. Work on the first fab, as they are called, is still being completed. Each is estimated to cost around $3 billion. Hillsboro has also landed a number of new data centers in recent years.

Oracle is a global corporation that employs more than 100,000 people. It operates several facilities in Oregon, employing hundreds of people across the state. The company’s Hillsboro 78,000-square-foot Hillsboro facility is near the intersection of Northwest Cornelius Pass Road and Evergreen Parkway.

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