EUGENE, Ore. -- Business groups and local governments are banding together to help the 60 employees of electronics-giant Philips find new jobs after the company announced plans to shutter its Eugene operation.
Philips, which purchased Eugene-based Electrical Geodesics Inc in 2017, said the company is leaving Eugene by the end of 2020 and elminating about 60 positions. According to the company, employees will be let go starting March 27.
The business designs products to monitor brain activity in order to better understand conditions like epilepsy, autism, stroke and other health problems.
On Tuesday, Onward Eugene, the Eugene Chamber, University of Oregon and the City of Eugene will host a "biotech happy hour" to connect the 60 affected employees with local biotech companies that are actively hiring.
The private happy hour at is at Broadway Street Public House on Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The event is free to Philips employees but guests are asked to register online first.
Companies that are hiring at this event include Abcam Eugene, Brain Electrophysiology Lab, Lane Council of Government, LogRhythm and others.