Microsoft to close Surface Hub manufacturing facility; eliminate 124 American jobs

Microsoft to close Surface Hub manufacturing facility; cut 124 jobs

The dust from Microsoft’s layoff of several thousand employees, announced last week, is continuing to settle.

surfacehublayoffs.jpgMicrosoft is closing its Wilsonville, Oreg., area Surface Hub manufacturing facility and cutting 124 jobs in the process, officials confirmed on July 11. The Surface Hub plant closurewas first reported by the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Microsoft acquired the manufacturing facility as part of its 2012 acquisition of Perceptive Pixel Inc. (PPI). Microsoft used PPI’s technology as the foundation for its Surface Hub line of large touch-screen displays and conferencing systems.

Microsoft is not giving up on Surface Hub, officials maintain. (In fact, there are rumors that a Surface Hub 2 device may be in the relatively near-term release pipeline.) Instead, Microsoft execs say they are aligning with the company’s other manufacturing efforts.

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