Microsoft is closing down its Surface Hub manufacturing plant situated in Wilsonville, Oregon. The company is laying off a total of 124 workers as part of the closure — with 61 employees leaving on the 8th of September. The software maker will lay off the other 63 employees in the coming months, reports Oregon Live.
The Wilsonville plant being closed down by Microsoft actually built the Surface Hub, and it was part of Perceptive Pixel — a company Microsoft acquired back in 2012.
Microsoft shutting down the manufacturing plant doesn’t mean it’s giving up on the Surface Hub. The product has been quite successful for the company, and it only expanded to the United Kingdom back in May. Additionally, Microsoft has continued to deliver updates to the product in the past. In fact, recent references to a “Surface Hub 2” device found in recent Windows 10 builds could suggest that the company is possibly working on a brand-new Surface Hub. A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed that the company will remain “committed” to the Surface Hub line and it’ll be moving Surface Hub development to Redmond moving forward:
“We are consolidating our Surface manufacturing. This will result in the closure of the Wilsonville, OR office and factory. We remain committed to the Surface Hub product line and will move forward with Surface Hub development in Redmond.”
It isn’t clear whether the layoffs are part of the recent layoffs of 3,000 employees announced by the company. Microsoft declined to comment.