Page 19 - We Worked for General Instruments: Part Two: The Conclusion
ISSUE : Issue 50
Published by Ronald Caplan on 1989/1/1
running through a system and blowing-- whatever the temperature of the water was, that was the temperature they had it. And then the water'd get hot, and, ah, geez, it was unreal, some of it. But I knew then that they weren't set up to do tuners. They were just down there, just.... I said, "My land, they're going to lose their contracts. They're not going to be able to supply the tuners here." I said, "It's going to take a month or two just to train the girls to get up to 50% of the quota. And Philco Ford's going to be look? ing for their hundred per cent guarantee." And they lost it. General Instruments lost the tuner business. And if they would have Enterprise Cape Breton In partnership with the people of Cape Breton and the Strait of Canso Area, in touch with businesses around the world. Enterprise Cape Breton and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) will work with you to maximize the potential of our region and its people. Big or small, we're interested in your plans for new business and employment here at home. There is no better place. There is no better time. Call our toll-free number or visit. Enterprise Cape Breton P.O. Box 2001 Commerce Tower - Fourth rioor 15 Dorchester Street Sydney, nova Scotia B1P6K7 Call toll free 1-800-565-9460 In Sydney area, call 564-3614 Enterprise Cape Breton iip Enterprise Cape Breton. Part of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. Stayed in Sydney, they'd have still had it. My capacity (in Mexico) was training su? pervisors to train girls to be electronic testers on the car tuner. (Any different than the work we did here in Sydney?) No, exactly the same. But we had to train the people--line girls, group leaders, and su? pervisors- -so they could do it, so they could train their operators to do it. (Had they had any experience at all that you could see?) Very little, very little. When I got there, they were just playing around with the tuner and the scope--just I getting their dexterity of their hands, mo? bility. But they're very smart people-- well educated. They've got nothing else to do, go to school. Very smart people. (Did you find that there was great interest in having the jobs there?) Oh, yes, they needed them, you know, so bad. You know, so bad. Mud huts out in the field--15 people in it, you know. (Mud hut?) Yeah. Well, adobe bricks, they called them. Made out of the sand. It's un? real. You know. They needed it. (You were telling me yesterday that General Instru? ments weren't the only people to go there.) Oh, no. In this industri? al park, there were 16 or more electronic fac? tories. And each one of them with as high as 2000 women and men working in them. At least that many. They told me there were 32,000 employees in this park. And 19
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