Product development and engineering firm Sigma Design Inc. will relocate and consolidate its Vancouver offices at a new world headquarters campus in Camas.
Sigma Design said the move to a bigger facility will improve efficiency and client confidentiality, as well as accommodate possible expanded capabilities. Andrea Cameron, the firm’s marketing coordinator, said the move heralds planned growth for the company.
Broadly, the company plans to expand its product offerings and add employees, she said, but what sectors it’s looking at or how many people it plans to hire on, she couldn’t say.
“This is a huge investment that we are undertaking to better serve our clients,” Sigma Design President Bill Huseby said in a news release from the company. “I am excited about the move and generating more jobs in Clark County.”
Sigma Design has three offices in Vancouver, and will move into the 56,000-square-foot facility on 10 acres in the Prune Hill area in May 2017, after work to remodel the current buildings is complete.
The company is moving in to the former home of Heraeus Shin-Etsu America, which made silicon crucibles the wafer and chip industries used in manufacturing until 2014, when production was relocated to Japan. Heraeus Shin-Etsu America was a division of the Tokyo-based company that also operates SEH America in Vancouver.
Huseby said the plan to acquire a new building has been in the works for two years.
Right now, Sigma Design has three office spaces around Vancouver, including offices downtown.
The company has outgrown that cumulative 22,000 square feet, Huseby said.
The company was founded in 1994 and has grown to employ more than 170 people.
Sigma Design also has a manufacturing center in Fisher’s Landing, at an SEH-owned building at the former HP Inc. campus.
Cameron said workers will have to remove remaining industrial equipment at the new site before starting remodeling.
Plans include work spaces for engineers and designers, large meeting spaces and amenities like a workout room and break room with a glass roll-up door and outdoor seating.
Cameron said the company will retain the Fisher’s Landing space, but she wasn’t sure on plans for its other locations. The company also has offices in Singapore.