The multinational outfit Philips announced last month they’re closing Electrical Geodesics, Inc, a medical device company in Eugene. About 60 people are expected to lose their jobs by the end of this year. But, a local effort aims to retain their talent.
There are more than 100 bio-tech companies in the city, said Onward Eugene director Matt Sayre. And that means, although Philips employees may soon be out of a job, there’re a number of businesses looking to hire them.
“The skills that the folks at Philips have are sought after, and so we would do well to retain those folks here locally before they get snatched up by other companies in other communities,” he said. Sayre adds the bio-tech industry is a rapidly growing industry in Lane County.
Onward Eugene, the University of Oregon, and the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce are hosting a Happy Hour event on February 11 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the Broadway Street Public House. The event is free for Philips employees.
Tech companies expected to be at the event are Abcam Eugene, Brain Electrophysiology Lab, Lane Council of Government, LogRhythm and many others.
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