to more than 140,000 people, Eugene is Oregon's second largest city. It covers
approximately 41.5 square miles, with the Willamette River running through the
heart of the city and the McKenzie River joining the Willamette to the north of
town. The elevation is 426 above sea level and the city's topography features
Skinner Butte to the north of downtown and the south, the landmark Spencer
Butte, now a 310-acre city park. Most Eugene residents like
the idea of stopping off on their way home to do a little fly fishing,
before taking a siesta out beneath the portico which overlooks a garden
of gorgeous roses easily grown in the mild climate of the Willamette
Valley and later, heading down to the coast for dinner.
Hynix is one of Lane County's largest employer's and has consistently grown
throughout 2002 while other semiconductor companies located in the larger cities
plagued with lay-offs and downsizing due to eroding DRAM values.
Why have we continued to grow while
others haven't? Hynix recognized long before
a downturn in the economy, that only companies willing to invest in new
equipment to support the latest technology would stay viable during
the buffeting experienced in hard times. Hynix took a look at their
assets, sacrificed their short term success, upgraded their tools and
technology and as a result, are now
producing some of the most sophisticated DRAM on the market today. Over
300 employees have been hired by Hynix just since July 2002.
HSMA lies nestled on a
hillside in the northwest quadrant of Eugene. The plant was built in an area
referred to as the Eugene "Wetlands." Wetlands are low
water table areas which are the natural habitat for ducks, deer, fish, wild turkey
and other animals as well as for hundreds of wildflower species. Hynix had to
meet some rigorous criteria before successfully gaining permission to build on this site.
Taking a proactive stance to
meet the challenge, Hynix
developed a national award winning environmental program which protects
the surrounding wetlands & enhances local wildlife
habitats. Black tail deer, rabbit, nutria, and several species of
birds can be seen daily on and around the Hynix campus.
Engineers maintain a vigilant watch over the surrounding ecosystem to ensure our
wildlife friends are protected and well cared for. The
Hynix ISO 14001 Environmental Policy is part of the Hynix attitude towards their
surrounding environment which states:
improvement of processes;
by all laws and regulations;
all views of interested parties are considered;
permanent solutions that prevent the sources of pollution;
settling for mere compliance;
Hynix is proud to be a working member of Oregon's community and is
constantly seeking ways to enhance and improve the working environment.