07.03.2012 01:56 PM
Grass Valley To End Testing Operation in Nevada City
Final assembly and testing to be outsourced
SAN FRANCISCO: Grass Valley is out-sourcing a Nevada City, Calif.-based operation that handles final assembly and testing for its professional switcher line, and laying off employees. The move was confirmed by a spokesperson who declined to divulge the number of employees affected or timeframe for the move. The company is outsourcing the process to another U.S. manufacturer.

The company cited modernization and improving the supply chain as the reasons for the out-sourcing the operation.

“As part of the company’s ongoing transformation and the 2012 Strategic Plan to make Grass Valley better able to respond to market conditions with less lead time and improved quality, the decision was made to move its final assembly and test activity to a third-party,” the spokesperson said. “We should no longer have any supply issues. It’s just modernization and updating.”

In addition to its Nevada City location, the company also has an engineering facility for its switcher line in Weiterstadt, Germany. The company had approximately 1,457 employees as of June 2010. 

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Posted by: Anonymous
Wed, 07-04-2012 08:55 AM Report Comment
Well many times in these kind of decision making processes is the mix up between wishful thinking and practice. These Supply chain issues will for sure pop up especially when moving operations to high volume cm with limit experience in low volume high mix products. This is a whole different balk game. By the way it seems same thing happen now at GV netherlands. Moving their operations to Jabil cm located in hungary. To moderater send several times due some Code and typo errors. This is the final.
Posted by: Anonymous
Thu, 07-05-2012 02:40 PM Report Comment
Jabil hungary? Good in high volume yes. But i agree low volume is different.This plant is emty for 50%. Remember the RIM deal. Probably a new guy within GV . He will be in trouble sure. Or at least the guys who agreed to do this move and control everything from headquarters. Sony and ikagami will smile. GV good in design but will go down by this move. This is not an improvement but political chicken fight on high level for which others are paying the bill.You wanna bet? Review the results in 9 to 12 month
Posted by: Anonymous
Sat, 07-07-2012 04:43 PM Report Comment
Probably the strategy is to have R&D only which is their key process. (innovation). Business is not easy look at Harris at this moment so to survive these kind of moves are processed. But indeed looking at the speed this transition is done is not smart at all. For the dutchies..Probably GV doesnot know the term lessons learnt and forgot the Infinity syndrome moving to solectron France, on paper a good cm and nearby but in pratice no fit betweem GV and solectron. Result good design concept, but poor quality and supply chain issues affecting their customers. Well my advice start looking in the mirror first and learn, instead of hiphopping and pinpoint to all the cm's they had in the past. If you don't see the problem..you do not have a problem right?..well NO.. wake up guys...

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