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A Hillsboro company that makes semiconductor light for industrial applications says it will expand its factory by more than 50 percent in anticipation of continued growth. Phoseon Technology's workforce has ballooned from 50 to 175 over the past two years, the vast majority of them at its Hillsboro headquarters, according to marketing communications manager Marine Faucher. The company makes LED lights used in industrial curing. Founded in Oregon 16 years ago, privately held Phoseon makes ultraviolet LED lights that dry adhesives, coatings and ink. It substitutes for heat or evaporation, which can be slower or more energy-intensive. A common alternative, arc lamps, use mercury - an extremely hazardous material. Full story

16 April