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HILLSBORO, OR-Toshiba Ceramics says it will close its 50,000-sf Hillsboro manufacturing plant in January and consolidate operations in Japan. The closure will cost the region another 53 jobs, but it will free up another 10 acres for development.

The company’s senior vice president Pat Bremkamp tells GlobeSt.com that the building and the 10-acres it sits on will be marketed for sale along with an adjacent 10-acre parcel that remains vacant. “There is a particular real estate broker I plan to contact, but I haven’t yet,” says Bremkamp, declining to reveal the name until the broker accepts the disposition assignment. The broker could be local Grubb & Ellis executive Brad Fletcher, who was involved in the property’s sale to Toshiba Ceramics.

Toshiba Ceramics’ property is located at the corner of Cornell Road and 231st Street, near the Orenco Station, a retail development along the region’s east-west light rail line. The Hillsboro plant, the company’s only facility outside of Japan, opened more than 10 years ago. Local Grubb & Ellis executive Brad Fletcher helped broker the land deal for the project.

The company used to own more than 60 acres here. Last year it sold 44 acres to semiconductor-related software maker Synopsys. Its parent company also owned some 84 acres in the area, but recently sold that off to a residential developer.

Toshiba Ceramics, which employs 3,000 people worldwide, makes “crucibles” — highly purified glass bowls used to manufacture silicon wafers for computer chips. In explaining the company’s consolidation, Bremkamp says: “Our parent company (in Japan) has exactly the same capability; plus, they have all the new technology.”

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