Bridgelux Inc., which has barely started its new corporate life in Livermore, said Monday that it will hire 150 workers this year and next.

The clean-tech company has about 170 employees in Livermore now and is scouting for more. The company moved earlier this year from Sunnyvale to the new Livermore location, where Bridgelux has its headquarters and primary manufacturing operations.

"Bridgelux is proud to be a part of California's solution for a clean energy economy," said Bill Watkins, the company's chief executive officer.

The primary products from Bridgelux are light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, that can be used in indoor or outdoor lighting arrays.

The company makes the LEDs in much the same way that semiconductors are made. Instead of sending logic and operation commands to a computer, the LED devices deliver electrical impulses that can activate a light bulb.

The LEDs are deemed to be much more energy-efficient than conventional sources of light such as incandescent, halogen, fluorescent and high-intensity discharge lighting.

"We are looking to hire right now," said Brian Fisher, a spokesman for Bridgelux.

So far this year, Bridgelux has hired about 50 workers. From now to the end of 2011, the company intends to hire another 100, Fisher said.

"The majority of the employees we are hiring are in manufacturing and manufacturing support jobs," he said. "The great majority of the new employees are going to be in Livermore.

Privately held Bridgelux has raised $113.5 million in venture capital. That includes late-stage financing of $50 million that Bridgelux disclosed in early January.

Additional hiring and expansion could be on the way.

"We expect to have 800 employees here," Fisher said. Anyone who wants to work for Bridgelux should apply at www.bridgelux.com/about/careers.html.

The company started moving administrative employees to the Livermore site in March. Over the next few months, through mid-July, Bridgelux moved more workers, including the manufacturing operations. On Monday, the LED maker held a grand opening for its Livermore complex.

Bridgelux is only at about 20 percent of the capacity it could install in Livermore, Fisher said.

Livermore has been able to attract manufacturers lately.

A few days ago, Lam Research Corp. said it would move 350 employees from Fremont to a building next to Bridgelux's headquarters. Lam will produce equipment to make semiconductors at the adjacent complex.

"We simply couldn't be happier that Bridgelux is here," said Ron Vyse, chairman of the Livermore Chamber of Commerce. "I'm ecstatic."

City and business leaders in Livermore are particularly enthusiastic about being able to land a clean-tech manufacturer.

"If we could attract 10 more companies like Bridgelux, we would be doing back flips," Vyse said.

Contact George Avalos at 925-977-8477.

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