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Samsung Breaks Ground On $300m Office Tower In North San Jose

SAN JOSE (KCBS) — Up to 2,000 Samsung employees could be working in North San Jose, that's because the South Korean electronics giant broke ground Wednesday on a $300 million, 10-story office tower.

The building is going up on the corner of North 1st Street and Tasman Drive, the site of the company's much smaller building that was demolished to make room for the new facility.

"I truly believe this new campus will provide the world's best convenience and comfort for our employees as well as a good place for best communicating with our customers," said Samsung Semiconductor President Charlie Bae.

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed called it a great day, not only for the city, but for the state as well.

Samsung Breaks Ground on 10-Story Office Tower In North San Jose

"Because one of the world's leading technology companies who could go anywhere in the world and have the money to go anywhere in the world has chosen to stay right here in San Jose; right here on this site and that's a great day for the state of California," said Reed.

The campus, which will include rain gardens, a large employee cafeteria as well as gym facilities is scheduled to open in the summer of 2015.

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