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OR Circuit Board Semiconductor Industry
The Oregon circuit board, semiconductor (microelectronics) and electrical components industry has undergone tremendous growth.  In 1977, the industry contributed some $102 million to Oregon’s gross state product (GSP).  In 1999, that contribution topped $12 billion.  In 1999, these businesses accounted for over 27,000 employees or 11 percent of manufacturing employment in Oregon.  For details of circuit board and semiconductor employment visit the Oregon Department of Employment circuit board and semiconductor Web page.  Payroll for this industry topped $1.7 billion in 1999.
Energy and water use in this industry is substantial.  In 2001, the average age of semiconductor manufacturing facilities in Oregon was seven years old.  On a worldwide basis this makes these facilities relatively energy efficient.  However, energy and water efficiency opportunities still exist.  The Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI), SEMATECH, and Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance have collaborated to identify and standardize opportunities for efficiency in the tools and facilities used by the microelectronics industry.  Those resources can be found at the industrial resources links to the right.

You can also contact us for a copy of the brochure Opportunities for Efficiency in the Northwest Microelectronics Industry
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