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July 15, 2006

LSI Logic gone from Roch.

LSI Logic Corp. has left the building and Rochester.

The computer chip company from California closed its Rochester office in early July.

The company is still mum, but employee e-mails coupled with reports from companies that shared the same building confirm for me that they are gone.

LSI, which also has a plant in Bloomington, moved into the new Valley High Business Center, Phase II. Valley High Business Center in 2002. It took ablout 20,000 square feet of the 40,000-square-foot building. In 2002, they had 29 employees. Bob Biglow of Rochester was the guy in charge then and he was still in charge when I talked to him in late June. Friday I got a hold of him on vacation and he says he no longer works for LSI. HHMmmm…

I have been chasing this story since I got a tip on June 20. I posted an item saying I thought a tech company was leaving Rochester. That landed me the tip about Maxtor closing its office. That business was LSI's next-door neighbor in first Valley High Business at at 3535 40th Ave. N.W. Both are owned by New Era Development of the Twin Cities.

I'll more on this soon. I've already called the company, its landlord, its sales firm and businesses near it. I have about two weeks and at 50 calls in on this thing.

I will get more information and pass it on to the readers.

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This is no rumor. All the employees were released as of about 2 weeks ago. I have heard of some already contacting IBM for employment possibilities. LSI is gone, lock stock and barrel.

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