NEC Electronics America in Roseville will spend $168 million dollars to expand its plant, adding 100 workers as well to increase its manufacturing. The facility produces computer chips for consumer products.
It’s part of a restructuring by the Tokyo-based parent, NEC Electronics. A specialized chip now manufactured in Japan will instead be produced in Roseville at the rate of 6,000 a month. The Roseville plant opened in the eighties. The work force peaked at 1,600 in 2001. Then, nearly 1,000 jobs were slashed during technology’s worldwide tailspin. The payroll was back to 700 last autumn. The worldwide sales of semiconductors are growing, and demand in America is up 15% this past year.