Booming semiconductor industry a boon to Kokusai in Vancouver

first_imgWhen Bob Hale makes the drive to Naval Base Kitsap in Bremerton, he’s aiming to recruit some newly discharged servicemen and women into a booming line of work.For the past 18 years, Hale has worked for a company that plays an important role in the semiconductor industry: Kokusai Semiconductor Equipment Corp. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with an office in east Vancouver, it sells and services massive furnaces vital in the making of microchips.The gray-haired U.S. Navy veteran jokes that it’s not so easy to get young veterans to talk to him if they see him at a job fair next to booths for Amazon, Microsoft and SpaceX. “I’m not as sexy as Elon Musk,” he said.But, thanks to a booming semiconductor industry, Hale is looking to be a little more assertive in hiring. Kokusai is on pace for record sales this year and plans to add employees.All the new jobs could go to veterans. Kokusai, sometimes dubbed “U.S.S. Kokusai” by the many Navy veterans who work there, is comprised mostly of people with military experience.last_img

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