NAM member company Hitachi Data Systems reported some good news as manufacturing employment declined overall for the second straight month. HDS announced that they plan to hire 200 people to fill positions at a new hub in Douglas County, Colorado.
Based in Santa Clara, CA., HDS is a Santa Clara, Calif.-based maker of data storage technology and they employ 5,800 people across the globe. HDS cited the Denver area’s commitment to education and a quality skilled workforce as a central factor in their decision to locate their new facility in Colorado.
Governor John Hickenlooper lauded the announcement by saying, “The entire region benefits by this kind of decision,” the governor said. “These are great, high-paying jobs.”
This expansion is a good real world example of the importance of a workforce whose skills match the needs of manufacturers and the tremendous benefits that manufacturing can bring to a community.