- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 11, 2017

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - A tech employer in southern Oregon is shifting its headquarters to Medford.

Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions announced it’s moving more than two dozen executive and management jobs away from Northern California.

The company manufactures cleanroom particle monitors. Founder Tae Yun Kim said she was cautioned by family, friends and others about moving to Medford, because of transportation challenges and other factors.

But the company determined the pros outweigh the cons. Those positives include more cost-effective labor, utilities, taxes, workers’ compensation and house prices.

The Mail Tribune reports (https://is.gd/pT9nP6 ) Lighthouse Worldwide opened a manufacturing site in Medford 15 years ago. The company currently employs about 75 workers at sites in Medford and Grants Pass.

The company’s marketing manager, Mark VonHolle, says the average annual wage for electronic instruments in the Rogue Valley is $65,000, double the median wage in Jackson County.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/

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