My ex-colleagues from Intermedics may remember the Benchmark Electronics plant across the street in Angleton that used to manufacture some of our external devices. Benchmark announced that it plans to close the Angleton facility within a year, impacting approximately 190 plant employees.
Benchmark Electronics was founded in 1979 as “Electronics, Inc.” in Clute, Texas, as a manufacturing subsidiary to Intermedics. The company specialized in low-volume, complex assembly of medical products. It was bought from Intermedics by its managers in 1986, and went public in 1990. In 1994 Benchmark moved its headquarters to 3000 Technology Drive in Angleton, right across from Intermedics’ headquarters.
Benchmark continued growing, acquiring along the way plants and design centers in the US, Europe, and Asia.
In 2017 Benchmark Electronics relocated its corporate headquarters to Arizona so it could consolidate corporate headquarters staff in one location, expand its engineering capabilities through a partnership with Arizona State University, and position the company closer to its aerospace and defense customers.
On June 4, 2020, Benchmark will shutter the 109,000 sq. ft. plant in Angleton at some point between Jan. 1 and Jul. 1, 2021. According to the announcement, workers from the Angleton plant will be eligible to apply for open positions in other company locations.