'Business as usual' at HP site in Corvallis

2012-03-21T22:30:00Z 2012-03-22T00:53:24Z 'Business as usual' at HP site in CorvallisBy BENNETT HALL, Corvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times

While it’s too early to say for sure, site manager Sam Angelos said he does not anticipate any short-term impact on Hewlett-Packard employees in Corvallis from the company’s restructuring.

“It will not have an effect on Corvallis. It’s business as usual,” Angelos said Wednesday. “Right now we’re just doing technology development for new products.”

Angelos’ comments came shortly after Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman announced plans at the company’s Palo Alto, Calif. headquarters to merge the company’s imaging and printing group into the personal computer division.

HP’s 140-acre Corvallis campus has been closely tied to imaging and printing almost from the beginning. The company’s wildly successful inkjet printing technology was developed there in 1984, and the site grew rapidly throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The hiring binge peaked in 1996, when HP had nearly 7,000 corporate employees and another 3,000 or so contract workers in Corvallis. Since then, there’s been a steady draw-down in local headcount as the company streamlined operations and moved more and more jobs offshore to low-wage countries.

Today HP employs around 2,000 people at the Corvallis site, which is focused primarily on research and development.

Contact Bennett Hall at 541-758-9529 or bennett.hall@gazettetimes.com.

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