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Dont Hurt Me
Apr 13, 2004, 07:39 PM
Apple insiderhttp://appleinsider.com just reported that Apple has shut down its manufactoring in Elk Grove. 235 employees layed off. anyone know what they did there?

Sparky's
Apr 13, 2004, 08:12 PM
I just checked in to the other forums I belong to and so far consensus says they assembled Laptops or Xserves, but no one knows for sure. Mac Addict didn't even have it posted, so I did it for them. I'm sure feedback will start up soon :D

Dont Hurt Me
Apr 13, 2004, 08:23 PM
I did a quick look on the net and though reported elsewhere it seems no one can say what they did. Apple says its moving what they did to a 3rd party in southern California. Maybe a call center?

Sparky's
Apr 13, 2004, 08:29 PM
Come on, if they were gonna outsource a call center you think it would be in the highest paid area in the nation? Not. It could be a move to gear up for a new product or just loosing one that wasn't $$profitable$$

Dont Hurt Me
Apr 13, 2004, 09:19 PM
I guess so, maybe they built the old Emac :eek:

iMeowbot
Apr 13, 2004, 09:41 PM
Apple insiderhttp://appleinsider.com just reported that Apple has shut down its manufactoring in Elk Grove. 235 employees layed off. anyone know what they did there?

That is an assembly plant (also called LAguna) for PowerMac towers (including G5) and CRT all-in ones (eMac, old iMac).

235 layoffs would not equate to a plant shutdown. For example, last summer they added 800 temps (http://sacramento.bizjournals.com/sacramento/stories/2003/07/28/tidbits1.html) there, and its staffing has historically been in the 1000-2000 range.

Possibilities for the shuffle include products that have passed peak demand, new models, or even making space to accommodate increased demands (mini for example). Completion of the eMac refresh would be the most likely explanation, though.

wdlove
Apr 13, 2004, 09:44 PM
I certainly hope that those 235 employees will be able to find new jobs. I'm sure that Apple wouldn't do this is there wasn't for a good reason.

Hopefully we will hear from Apple soon on this matter.

craigdawg
Apr 13, 2004, 09:55 PM
I saw something about this on the news when I was getting dinner. I want to say this plant has been there over 10 years. This is the 2nd computer manufacturing plant to close in this region within the past five or six years. The other? Packard Bell, which barely qualified as a computer.

jasylonian
Apr 14, 2004, 03:07 PM
Here is a link (http://www.sacbee.com/content/business/tech/story/8889705p-9816295c.html) from the local paper. from what i understand, they outsourced to a Taiwanese company with a factory in Southern California. I blame the Lakers.

Dont Hurt Me
Apr 14, 2004, 03:26 PM
Here is a link (http://www.sacbee.com/content/business/tech/story/8889705p-9816295c.html) from the local paper. from what i understand, they outsourced to a Taiwanese company with a factory in Southern California. I blame the Lakers.nice link thanks, looks like our govt is doing nothing to encourage corporations to stay in America but doing everything to get them to fire Americans and move. Ross Perot said that after Nafta there would be a large Sucking sound as all the jobs go elsewhere. He was right. I dont Blame Apple but I do Blame our Govt for making it to darn costly to produce anything in America. just another example of crazy govt policies that does little to employee American workers. this sucks.

jasylonian
Apr 14, 2004, 07:02 PM
maybe i should've made myself clearer. i think the jobs are going to a factory in Southern California that is run by a Taiwanese company. therefore, it is unfortunate for Sacramento residents, but domestically it is a wash.

NAFTA also has nothing to do with the current sucking sound that we hear because all the countries involved are losing jobs overseas, including Mexico (where it hurts, a lot). while the loss of jobs due to international outsourcing is generally considered a bad thing, the long-term implications are generally a higher national income as Americans: 1) get things cheaper and 2) become more educated so that they can perform higher wage jobs.

We had a recession... it happens. as convenient as it is to blame the government for everything bad that happens, 9/11, accounting scandals, and the bursting of the silicon valley bubble have done nothing to help the situation. however, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, as evidenced by the 300,000+ nonfarm jobs created in the last month within the U.S and the fear of rising interest rates.

nyassa3898
Apr 14, 2004, 07:20 PM
this kinda makes sense a ton of machines we have been ordering lately have been shipped from tawain and its been that way for months. Maybe this is also why they dont want to "disclose" the new location probably because there isn't one

Sparky's
Apr 14, 2004, 07:57 PM
From http://www.sacbee.com/content/business/tech/story/8889705p-9816295c.html
The plant that once churned out Apple's candy-colored iMac computers and other products opened with great fanfare in 1992; it once employed as many as 1,500 workers.

If the "old candy colored iMacs" are being discontinued for the newer "swiveling gooseneck" style I can't understand why they can't just "retool" the factory, and keep on plugging, but as so often stated it all comes down to $$$$$