Corvallis based Tripod Data Systems was acquired by Trimble in 2001. TDS has three core business components. The company develops software for data collection applications, manufactures rugged Windows CE-based handheld data collectors such as the TDS Ranger, and develops software for pen computer applications.
“We needed timely and quality information to make a critical decision about whether to mover our operations… We received significant data…(about workforce from the economic development team) which allowed us to recommend to our corporate partner that it would be beneficial if we staying in Corvallis”
In 2007 Trimble was evaluating relocating its Corvallis team to one of its larger offices in Colorado or Ohio, where they had a significant source of high tech skilled workers. The Economic Development partner (at the time hosted at the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce) worked closely with the Oregon Workforce Investment board and the Oregon Economic Development commission to assemble data regarding demographics, education resources and business resources to answer the question posed by Trimble “ what is the capability of this geographic area in providing an educated workforce to meet our future needs? The strong and fast response on the quality and breadth of the high tech workforce, combined with Oregon Workforce Investment Board education grant funding, provided Trimble management with clear direction that the skilled workforce needed was available locally, and that the skills not readily available could be grown with the resources at Linn Benton Community College and Oregon State Schools. The net result is that 157 jobs stayed in Corvallis, and Trimble has continued to grow and thrive.