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Element Six, new manufacturing company, will produce synthetic diamonds at Vista Business Park

Gresham will welcome a synthetic diamond manufacturer that plans on building a $94 million facility in the community.

Element Six, a member of the De Beers group of companies, will expand into the city with an advanced manufacturing facility at the Gresham Vista Business Park. The company will hire 60 new full-time positions for engineers, technicians and other employees.

"We're very excited to welcome Element Six to our Gresham," said Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis. "Gresham is becoming a hub for advanced industries, and we're happy to welcome the new jobs and investment."

Construction on the roughly 100,000-square-foot building is expected to begin in the coming weeks. Once complete, Element Six laboratories will produce synthetic diamonds that are chemically identical to mined diamonds.

"We selected the Portland region based on critical success factors such as competitive power distribution, access to a high-quality talent pool and strong support from the city of Gresham and other local partners," said Ken Sullivan, Element Six's global operations director.

One of the draws of Gresham was the 66-day land-use review process and rapid response team.

"(Gresham) has the fastest guaranteed land-use review process in the region, which makes us especially attractive to prospective companies."

Gresham Vista Business Park, owned by the Port of Portland, is located next to the ON Semiconductor campus in Gresham, and is less than a mile from I-84. The city of Gresham has partnered with the Port to establish the site as a center for jobs, clean tech, manufacturing and other traded-sector companies.

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