Japan-Based Wacom Technology Corporation Relocates Headquarters To Portland, Oregon
According to the firm, the Vancouver site currently employs approximately 160 people and no job losses will occur with the move. Wacom's parent company, based in Tokyo, Japan, has been manufacturing and marketing its family of digital pen and touch technologies to creative professionals and enthusiasts since it opened its doors in 1983.
The company’s new location, a 55,000 square foot Class A office building in the heart of Portland's Pearl District, will have plenty of room to accommodate all of Wacom's employees from the current Vancouver facility with plenty of space for new hires as the company expands its global reach. Some staff will continue working in its Vancouver Repair Lab, in a "regional annex".
"The energy and creative spirit of Portland as well as its burgeoning technology industry made Portland a logical choice for a new location here in the U.S.," said Wacom COO, Aaron Atkinson. Atkinson noted that by keeping Wacom in the region, its efficient operations and growth trajectory can continue with local channel partner consultants in marketing, legal and other services, as well as its executive leadership, employees and internal local strategy team.
In addition to the employees' space, the ground floor of the new office will feature 3,400 square feet of retail space with the company's full line of creative input devices as well as a learning center where classes, seminars and guest appearances will be held for Portland's vibrant creative community. Wacom Technology Corporation intends to commence and complete its move to Portland in the spring of 2016.
"I am thrilled with Wacom's choice to relocate to Portland," said Mayor Charlie Hales. "This decision reinforces what we've long known about the strength of Portland's tech talent pool and the array of amenities present here. I am confident the city and the tech community will embrace Wacom and support the company's future growth." "We are pleased that Wacom has chosen to stay in the Portland-Vancouver metro area and look forward to their continued contribution to the regional economy," said Chad Eiken, Director of Community & Economic Development for the City of Vancouver.
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