SMA is committed to making a positive impact as it operates with customers and partners globally and in the SW Washington region.
ISO 14001 is the internationally recognized standard for environmental management systems with the prime driving focus being that of improved performance and minimizing harmful effects on the environment caused by a company's activities, products and services. SMA was the second company in Washington State to become ISO certified and has retained certification since 1997.
At SMA, we have an ongoing commitment to positive environmental impact. Programs on our Camas, WA, campus focus on conserving electricity and water, and on saving paper, cardboard, wood, metal, and e-waste from the landfill. Our company is an EPA Green Business Partner and is certified as a Clark County Green Business.
SMA employees participate annually in a wide variety of events including the Lacamas Lake Clean-Up, multiple on-campus blood drives, and many others.
As an involved community member, SMA contributes to the following organizations:
- Charities that fight hunger, homelessness, abuse
- Local hospices, clinics and cancer research
- Animal advocacy groups
As a business leader in SW Washington, SMA is active in local business groups and initiatives including:
- Clark County High Technology and Community Council
- Columbia River Economic Development Council
- Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce
- Vancouver Chamber of Commerce
Customers get much more than just a “part” when they work with SMA. We continue our legacy of leading-edge, performance-based products backed by U.S.-based sales and support with people in every region.
Throughout our history in LCD and Electronic Components, we’ve developed a brain trust with deep knowledge in virtually every vertical industry and solution set. Then, we expand that reach via partnerships with the leading distributor, sales representative, and manufacturing organizations in the Americas.
In 1985, the joint venture RCA/Sharp acquired 120 acres of land in Camas, WA, while occupying quarters in nearby Vancouver. Two years later, Sharp opened a Design Center, also in Vancouver.
In 1989, Sharp Microelectronics Technology (SMT) broke ground at the former RCA/Sharp venture, moving into its 102,000 square foot building the following year. Subsequently, the Microelectronics Group migrated from Sharp’s subsidiary in Mawah, NJ, to be closer to a growing Pacific NW high-tech industry.
Consolidating to a strategic product mix and sales structure, SMT merged into Sharp Electronics Corporation (SEC) and combined with Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas. Sharp Labs of the Americas was located on the site in 1995, one of just two Sharp research organizations outside of Japan.