One of Oregon's earliest western settlements, Hillsboro has long been an agricultural and timber center, and while it remains so, recent years have seen a high tech and manufacturing boom. Intel has its largest site in Hillsboro and employs over 15,000 people here and in neighboring Aloha. The Intel Technology Center offers monthly courses and roundtable events on the latest technology and how to use it in the workforce. Sun Microsystems has its High-End Operations headquartered in Hillsboro and Fujitsu, Epson, NEC and Tri-Quint Semiconductor all have factories here. In March of 2006, San Francisco biotech giant Genentech announced plans to build a state-of-the-art product packaging and distribution facility.
New business centers and industrial parks have kept pace with Hillsboro's rapid economic development over the last decade. Currently the city has 35 business parks here, some (Dawson Creek, Westmark and Tanasbourne Commerce,) as large as 300 acres.
The surrounding Tualatin Valley has a small diary industry and several good wineries known for their world-class pinot noir, Chardonnay and Riesling. Farms grow a variety of crops including hazelnuts, apples, grains, vegetables and flowers, and plant nurseries supply sellers around the world. Timber remains a viable business, with the Stimson Lumber Company in nearby Gaston hiring the most employees.
Hillsboro has an exceptionally low unemployment rate, many major employers, and a high rate of entrepreneurial success (over 88% of local businesses employ less than 10 workers).