Fiber optics company establishes permanent headquarters on 65th

Timbercon likely won’t lose many employees due to its move from Lake Oswego to Tualatin, but the fiber optics manufacturer’s investment in Tualatin real estate brings more entry-level and technical positions to the area.

Timbercon currently provides 85 full-time positions to account managers, design engineers and engineering technicians. An engineering technician is classified as an entry-level position that typically requires a two-year certificate and on-site training.

“We were looking for an investment opportunity, so we could really set down roots,” said Eric Meslow, president and CEO of Timbercon. “The Tualatin area had the most inventory in Southwest Portland for flexible-space buildings.”

The new 40,000-square-foot facility is a far cry from Timbercon’s humble beginnings in 1997, when Meslow and current Timbercon COO James Davies founded and operated the business out of Meslow’s home in Wilsonville. Since then, Timbercon has been based in Northwest Portland, Southeast Portland and Lake Oswego, respectively. The move to Tualatin effectively doubles the size of the company’s facilities, with another approximately 20,000 square feet available for expansion.

Timbercon specializes in the design and manufacture of fiber optic cables for use in industries ranging from broadcast media to military and defense. A company profile in Business Publication Inc. stated that Timbercon received $13.3 million in revenue last year and saw 24 percent growth over the past three years.

The company’s move comes just as the city of Tualatin prepares to finalize its Transportation System Plan, which focuses on transit improvements and city growth through 2035. At a Sept. 20 town hall-style review of transit issues, several residents voiced concerns about how traffic congestion in the city’s major thoroughfares might prevent companies from doing business in Tualatin.

Meslow said this did not deter his company, although commute times for employees were a concern.

“My company does not require a lot of shipping. Our vendors mostly ship through UPS and FedEx,” he said, adding that he supported any measures the city could take to mitigate the traffic issues.

Finding and purchasing new facilities was a three-year process, during which time the company looked at more than 60 buildings before deciding on the location at 20245 S.W. 95th Ave. last January. According to Meslow, the property is valued at just over $4.5 million.

“We’re pretty darn serious about staying here a long time,” he said.

Timbercon moved to its new location on Sept. 28 with no interruption to production, Meslow said.

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