Space Coast Economic Development Commission Announces Rogue Valley Microdevices Selected Palm Bay for Microfabrication Facility
By Space Coast Daily // June 28, 2023
50,000-square-foot commercial building at 2301 Commerce Drive in Palm Bay will result in a capital investment of $25 million
BREVARD COUNTY • THE SPACE COAST OF FLORIDA – The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast announced Rogue Valley Microdevices, Inc., an Oregon-based advanced manufacturing company specializing in microelectromechanical systems, has selected Palm Bay, Florida for the company’s second microfabrication facility.
The facility will generate 30 jobs over three years with an average wage of $59,900, with anticipation of hiring 75 new employees over five years with an average wage of $65,267.
Rogue Valley Microdevices’ acquisition of a 50,000-square-foot commercial building at 2301 Commerce Drive in Palm Bay will result in a capital investment of $25 million. The space will be reconfigured for a state-of-the-art cleanroom and office space, with initial production of its first MEMS devices slated for 2024.
MEMS and Sensors are integral components in automotive safety systems, aircraft, drones, robotics, drug-delivery systems and disease-diagnostic tools, home and commercial security systems, computer equipment, smartphones, and thousands of other electronic products.
“By adding to the cluster and advancement of this sub-sector of semiconductors, Rogue Valley’s contributions on the Space Coast will be impactful and far-reaching,” said EDC President and CEO, Lynda L. Weatherman.
“The EDC is proud to welcome Rogue Valley to Brevard County, continuing on our long legacy of building a strong and diversified economy, and look forward to assisting in their success on the Space Coast.”
Rogue Valley Microdevices has been serving companies from its Medford, Oregon facility since 2003. The company’s expansion in Palm bay will increase the domestic supply of MEMS and Sensor devices, which are strategically important across multiple industries.
MEMS and Sensor devices are not only essential to life-enhancing applications such as molecular diagnostics and environmental monitoring, but are also strategically important for LIDAR and next generation defense and aerospace products.
The company is a full-service precision MEMS foundry that combines state-of-the-art process modules with the engineering expertise to go seamlessly from custom design to manufacturing.
Specializing in MEMS and biomedical device manufacturing—including microfluidics and lab-on-chip platforms—Rogue Valley Microdevices offers a flexible equipment set and the ability for customers to start with smaller batch sizes, serving a key function in the commercial MEMS manufacturing ecosystem.
“Our expansion to Palm Bay is the culmination of a multi-year search for the right location to grow our company and the MEMS and Sensor manufacturing industry,” said Jessica Gomez, Founder and CEO, Rogue Valley Microdevices.
“The Space Coast is a hub of scientific and technical innovation, which makes it an ideal location for us. We’re equally excited at the level of community support we’ve already received from both the city of Palm Bay and from the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast. We look forward to a long and collaborative relationship.”
Congressman Bill Posey said semiconductors are vital to our national defense capability, our communications infrastructure and general modern-day life.
“We cannot afford to be solely reliant on foreign entities for key components of technology and I welcome Rogue Valley Microdevices to Florida’s Space Coast,” said Posey.
Rogue Valley Microdevices also maintains the broadest and most comprehensive set of wafer services commercially available—with over 50 unique dielectric and conductive thin films and all services performed in its own class 100 cleanroom.
“Brevard County and Palm Bay are open for business and home to a wide range of manufacturers in aerospace, defense and a growing semiconductor sector,” said Brevard County Commission Chair Rita Pritchett.
“Attracting a company like Rogue Valley Microdevices brings good-paying jobs to our community and increases our economic diversity. I know Rogue Valley Microdevices will find that Palm Bay is a wonderful place to call home.”
City of Palm Bay Mayor Rob Medina said city officials are excited to welcome Rogue Valley Microdevices to Palm Bay, “where innovation meets opportunity!”
“As we open our arms to embrace Rogue Valley, we celebrate the strength and ingenuity they bring to our thriving community. The addition of new high-tech jobs is a win for our City. Together, we will forge a path towards growth, collaboration, and economic prosperity,” said Medina.
“Florida Tech welcomes Rogue Valley’s specialized MEMS capability in Palm Bay,” said Dr. John Harris, Dean of the College of Engineering and Science at Florida Tech. “We are thrilled that working with our STEM university is an integral part of the company’s plans for growth.“
Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce Chairwoman,Holly Tanneraving said a company like Rogue Valley Microdevices selecting Palm Bay for their second facility location is another prime example of the economic growth and community support that is attracting numerous companies to Brevard County.
“This company will be a part of the growing tech industries in the South Brevard area and will be providing a positive impact in numerous ways for years to come. Welcome and thank you for choosing Palm Bay,” said Tanner.
CareerSource Brevard VP of Industry Relations, Thomas LaFlore said his organization is excited that Rogue Valley Microdevices has selected Brevard County to build its semiconductor manufacturing plant.
“Over the next few years, their operations will bring more than 70 good paying jobs to the Space Coast, further strengthening our local economy. We are committed to support their workforce efforts as they transition to this area,” said LaFlore.
The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast is dedicated to attracting new business and investment and expanding existing industry throughout the Space Coast, influencing change on government laws and regulations affecting economic development, promoting the Space Coast to encourage new investment, supporting efforts of Space Coast military installations, and relaying new programs and procedures to assist manufacturing and high-tech companies.
The EDC is a private, not-for-profit coalition whose stakeholders are business leaders committed to the economic growth and stability of Florida’s Space Coast.
For more information, visit SpaceCoastEDC.org.