OR: Global Technology Leader Wacom to Relocate to Portland, Bring 160 Jobs
17 Mar, 2015
Wacom Technology Corporation announced it will expand its operations and move its Americas headquarters from its current Vancouver, Washington, site to Portland, Oregon. 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.
Wacom'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' new space, Wacom is pleased to announce that 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.
"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."
Wacom Technology Corporation intends to commence and complete its move to Portland in the spring of 2016.
"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.
About Wacom Technology Corporation
Wacom Technology Corporation, launched 25 years ago, is the Americas subsidiary of Wacom Company, Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan. With 160 employees in the Portland and Vancouver metropolitan areas and 1,200 plus employees worldwide, Wacom operates in 36 countries including North America, Asia, South America and Europe. Wacom's vision to bring people and technology closer together through natural interface technologies has made it the world's leading manufacturer of pen tablets and creative pen displays as well as digital styli and solutions for saving and processing digital signatures. The advanced technology of Wacom's intuitive input devices has been used to create some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashions and designs around the world and provides business and home users with leading interface technology to express their creativity. For more news about the company, visit http://www.wacom.com.