Skip to comments.20 employees of Freescale Semiconductor of Texas were aboard missing Malaysia Airlines plane
Posted on 03/08/2014 6:51:24 PM PST by Astute
AUSTIN, Texas -- An Austin, Texas, technology company says 20 of its employees were aboard the Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing over the South China Sea.
Jacey Zuniga, a spokeswoman for Freescale Semiconductor, says 12 Malaysian and 8 Chinese employees are "confirmed passengers." She says no American citizen Freescale employees were on the flight.
ugh that’s bad
That’s terrible, but why does a US company have that many foreign employees?
Never heard of the h1b visa for skilled tech workers? Its an ongoing issue in my industry.
A reasonable answer, which may be the case for this, is that they are supplying parts to Chinese electronics manufacturers (board level), and the support office is in Malaysia.
The reality is that Texas Instruments has a plant in Malaysia. As to why that plant isn't in the USA, while chip manufacturing is indeed _very_ hazardous work, the regulations on it go beyond reasonable now in the US, not to mention energy costs (for both manufacturing and transport to customers).
“why does a US company have that many foreign employees?”
They probably work in an Asian plant.
Don’t know? Here is a link to their website. http://www.freescale.com/
I am wondering if there is a connection between plane disappearance and perhaps a scheduled business trip.
i have heard of corpoarte espoinage..but what about a competitor of this semi conductor company taking out its competition to even the playing field for them? I have no idea how competitive that field is.
Seems like a trivial number to me.
Apple has 23,000 overseas employees.
Ford has 120,000 overseas employees.
ExxonMobil has 25,000 overseas employees.
I don’t post here often but when I read this something inside me said hmmm. 20 employees on same flight with semiconductor knowledge. Probably a coincidence....
Otherwise it's all good.
> A reasonable answer, which may be the case for this, is that they are supplying parts to Chinese electronics manufacturers (board level), and the support office is in Malaysia.
The reality is that Texas Instruments has a plant in Malaysia. As to why that plant isn’t in the USA, while chip manufacturing is indeed _very_ hazardous work, the regulations on it go beyond reasonable now in the US, not to mention energy costs (for both manufacturing and transport to customers).
I’m just thinking out loud here but does TI manufacuture any of the chips found in the electronic voting machines?
Rather meant the company mentioned not TI
loose lips sink political parties...
One big WORKERS COMPENSATION claim....
A big/huge loss of productive and knowledgeable employees...
I would bet that they were not 20 upper-level decision makers for Freescale. Sounds ghoulish, I know, but most companies I’ve worked for in the past 30 years had strict policies about upper management traveling together, for just this reason.
Can you imagine the future of Freescale Semiconductor if it turns out that a large portion of their Board of Directors was on that airplane?
you are kidding right?
18,00 worldwide employees. seriously, don’t people understand that business is global?
Freescale is headquartered in Austin, Texas with design, research and development, manufacturing and sales operations in more than 20 countries. We are driven by a culture of innovation, quality and results an engagement worldwide of more than 18,000 employees. We are leaders in embedded processing solutions making the world a smarter place for all of us.
It is not uncommon to have several workers from the same company/industry to be on the same flight. While attending trade shows, I have seen many of the same company and or associates on one flight. They simply are traveling to one place and happened onto the same flight. It is very usual in the trade association industry.
Flying commercial ?
I checked out their web site, they are worldwide, with companies in Israel, India, Malaysia, China, etc etc
Funny you mention that there are reports of an IBM exec on board
I was an HR staffer for CoWorx at a Foxxconn cell phone refurbishing plant here in Texas, so I’m aware of that. I’m bemoaning that more US citizens and naturals don’t get those jobs.
Actually, I prefer the gooberment to not be involved, for safety reasons at the very least. The regulations which SHOULD exist must be enforced with ZERO conflict of interest.
Yes, Philip Wood worked for IBM
The Wood family has released a statement to KXAS-TV (NBC5), which is copied below:
Philip Wood was a man of God, a man of honor and integrity. His word was gold. Incredibly generous, creative and intelligent, Phil cared about people, his family, and above all, Christ. Though our hearts are hurting, we know so many families around the world are affected just as much as us by this terrible tragedy. We ask for your prayers, not only for ourselves, but for all involved during this difficult time.
As a family, we are sticking together through Christ to get through this. Thank you for your understanding.
The Wood Family.
What a terrific statement! Thanks for posting...
It sounds very possible that the plane was shot down, due to the suddenness of the situation with no distress call. We will probably never know who was onboard that someone wanted killed bad enough to down the plane. Kind’a like Ron Brown’s airplane crash, only less obvious.
The are a divestiture of the Semiconductor Products Sector of Motorola for 2004. They have 23000 employees. I would bet a significant chunk of the employees are third country nationals.
Not likely, at 35,000 feet.
Maybe a bomb, but not shot down at that altitude. Whatever happened seems to happened suddenly and catastrophically.
The 35,000 feet factor is a good point unless a fighter jet shot it down.
Probably targeted because of 20 US Plant employees...even if overseas. I think terrorism, not espionage. Semiconductors have a lot of competition, why that one? It’s not exactly rocket science either.
They open branches in other countries and cater more to the locality in product. It is not shocking. In fact, it happens IN the US too, so it goes both ways. In fact, I’m now interviewing with a very small American office of an Italian company. Guess who the majority customers are? They like the workers to be locals to blend more with their market and respond to local needs.
My wife works for a huge Italian multinational which is the leader in its industry.
Shot down accidentally by one of the regional navies? If so, the country involved is gonna take a lot of flak, especially if it’s China.
It’s a large company with locations all over. They could very well have been here for training or a conference or something.
Thats funny. There are lots of Foreign works that work for American companies in the USA.
We have 50+ employees in the Philippines. Would you rather have them come here, act like spoiled illegals and vote Dummycrat?
On the bright side, might be a good time to send them a resume! /sarc
Wrong place at the wrong time.
It was some crazy A Rab and/or Nutjob Islamist. Or two.
He?they wanted to die and kill to prove a point that nobody else agrees with.
That, and nothing else.
It doesn't take a worldwide conspiracy to make another silly-assed Islamist terror action.
That's why we should kill all of them.
That is certainly a policy question, especially for companies that have corporate jets.
Thanks for that info
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Phil’s dad, Aubrey, lives about . 25 mile from me. I’ll be taking a care package to them tomorrow. If anyone wants to send words of encouragement, please freepmail me.
So why do you want these employees in your power? What can they do?
Looks like you were wrong. Now I am certain this is a hijack...