EUGENE, Ore. — Matt, a young process engineer at the Hynix DRAM fab in Eugene, Oregon, shares his views about the human impact of the Korean company's decision in late July to close its only U.S. manufacturing plant.
Rumors had been circulating for weeks here about a shift coming at the 200mm plant, fueled in part by the company's moves to ramp down production in recent weeks. Analysts noted the closure is par for the course in the roller coaster dips and climbs of the global DRAM market. Nevertheless, for a local community such as Eugene, the Hynix plant represents the city's largest employer (1,100 people) and largest tax payer (an estimated $4.4 million in 2008).
Hynix representatives said they hope to maintain a presence here, although they are considering selling the plant and its equipment. The local newspaper, the Register-Guard, said talks have been held about selling the plant to a developer of solar cells.
Several dozen cars came and went last Friday afternoon as an EE Times reporter stood outside the Hynix gates. Matt was the only employee to stop and share his views for the camera.