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Fairchild Semiconductor moves HQ to Silicon Valley

March 25, 2011

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine—Fairchild Semiconductor has moved its corporate headquarters back to California, but the company says the change won't have any impact on employees in Maine.

Fairchild has been headquartered in South Portland since 1997, when it was spun off from National Semiconductor. The company now has 9,000 workers around the world, including 800 at its plant in South Portland.

Kevin London, senior vice president of human resources, said having corporate headquarters in San Jose, Calif., is part of a larger branding effort. Being in Silicon Valley, home to thousands of high-tech firms, will put the company in a better position to compete and recruit workers.

While CEO Mark Thompson will work from San Jose, London said sales will remain based in Singapore and the legal staff will remain based in South Portland.