High Tech Expansion to Create Jobs at San Antonio, Texas Operation

May 30, 1997
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Groundbreaking ceremonies were held today at Harris Corporation's award-winning San Antonio Operation for a 133,000 square foot clean-industry facility. The expansion will significantly increase Farinon Division's microwave radio manufacturing capacity and is expected to add over 150 new jobs in the high-technology telecommunications market within five years of completion.

Harris currently owns a 50,000 square foot facility located in University Park at the south west corner of IH 10 and DeZavala. Construction of the new facility will be adjacent to the existing facility and will begin as early as June and occupancy is expected within 12 months.

If international market growth forecasts are realized, there is the potential to create more than 300 new jobs over the next decade with an annual compensation of up to $11 million. This would be in addition to the 356 full time jobs already provided by the San Antonio Operation. Permanent employees with Harris Corporation's divisions are entitled to a benefits package that effectively increases the total compensation by over 40 percent. The benefits include: family healthcare and life insurance, disability insurance, a 401K plan with matching company contributions and profit sharing, paid vacations and holidays, reimbursement accounts for healthcare and dependent care, and educational assistance.

The jobs span electronic assembly and testing, systems integration of completed microwave radio units, shipping and distribution plus a limited number of managerial, technical and administrative support positions. Completed products as well as sub-assemblies are distributed to worldwide customers.

The completed expansion is estimated to cost over $10 million, in addition to the cost of the land. Issues considered in selecting the San Antonio site for the expansion included the availability of a suitable transportation infrastructure, appropriate land to support construction of the facility, a skilled labor pool, and a favorable local tax structure. "This expansion is a significant investment to meet the needs of the company's expanded global markets," commented Doug Carlberg, Harris' Vice President of Operations. "More than that, it represents a solid commitment to the community and to our future."

Harris Corporation's Farinon Division is a world leader in the manufacture of microwave communications systems and products, and a global provider of microwave radio-related telecommunications services. The Division manufactures a broad range of microwave radios, related multiplex equipment and ferrite radio frequency components used in more than 140 countries by telephone service providers, utilities, financial and industrial firms, and government agencies. Farinon ranks number one in the North American market for microwave radios, and currently ranks number four in the global market.

Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area, California, the Farinon Division is part of Harris Corporation's Communications sector. In addition to the operation in San Antonio, Texas, the division also has plants in Montreal, Quebec; and Shenzhen, People's Republic of China.

Harris Corporation, with worldwide sales of more than $3.6 billion, is an international communications and electronics company that provides a wide range of products and services such as wireless and personal communications, digital television, health care information, multi-media communications, automotive electronics, transportation, business information, defense communications and information, and Lanier office products.