San Jose, CA—Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., formally opened the doors to its new Device Solutions America headquarters. The Silicon Valley landmark will be key to the company’s aggressive growth plans.
Located on the same corner in San Jose’s tech corridor where Samsung’s original campus was first built more than 30 years ago, the new headquarters symbolizes both Samsung’s long heritage in Silicon Valley and the company’s focus on innovation and growth. Innovation and advanced technologies for next-generation devices generated at the new facility will help make a greater contribution to providing the critical competitive advantages that the company’s U.S. and global customers seek.
“We are transforming Samsung into a world-class example of a truly market-focused technology company,” said Oh-Hyun Kwon, vice chairman and CEO of Samsung Electronics, speaking before an audience of more than 800 at the site’s grand opening ceremony. He added that the company is “laying the groundwork for a more aggressive pace of growth over the next several decades.”
The headquarters brings more than 700 employees together on a 1.1-million-square-foot campus. The main facility will house research labs dedicated to semiconductors, LEDs and displays, as well as staff in sales, marketing and other support areas.
Complete with gardens and open air space within the building, it is designed to increase collaboration by encouraging more spontaneous encounters between staff, while bringing nature closer to the workplace to increase employees’ contentment and creativity.
“Today represents a major milestone as we open our most strategically important Samsung facility in the U.S. and also our biggest investment in Silicon Valley,” said Jaesoo Han, president of Samsung’s Device Solutions America operations. “Samsung’s goal is nothing less than to develop the best next-generation technologies for device solutions.”
Dignitaries in attendance at the grand opening included the current mayor of San Jose, the Honorable Sam Liccardo; the former San Jose mayor, Chuck Reed; State Senator Bob Wieckowski; Susan Martin, president of San Jose State University; and San Francisco Korean Consul General Dongman Han.
In keeping with the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, Samsung announced a number of contributions at the event that will support the Silicon Valley community. The company donated $100,000 to the Family Giving Tree and another $100,000 to the Second Harvest Food Bank.
Samsung Electronics also established a $1 million STEM College Education Scholarship Fund to celebrate its latest expansion. Deserving university students who are currently enrolled in STEM-focused programs at a California State or University of California school will benefit from this program, beginning with a $50,000 gift to San Jose State University this year. samsung.com