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20 employees of Freescale Semiconductor of Texas were aboard missing Malaysia Airlines plane
http://blog.al.com/wire/2014/03/20_employees_of_freescale_semi.html | on March 08, 2014 at 6:55 PM, updated March 08, 2014 at 7:35 PM | AP

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.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: freescale; freescaletechnology; iran; malaysia; malaysiaairlines; mh370; missing; texas; waronterror
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1 posted on 03/08/2014 6:51:24 PM PST by Astute
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To: Astute

ugh that’s bad


2 posted on 03/08/2014 6:53:35 PM PST by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Astute

That’s terrible, but why does a US company have that many foreign employees?


3 posted on 03/08/2014 6:54:39 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Worldwide Locations

http://www.freescale.com/webapp/sps/site/homepage.jsp?code=GLOBAL_SITES


4 posted on 03/08/2014 6:58:27 PM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Never heard of the h1b visa for skilled tech workers? Its an ongoing issue in my industry.


5 posted on 03/08/2014 6:59:19 PM PST by drunknsage
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
That’s terrible, but why does a US company have that many foreign employees?

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).

6 posted on 03/08/2014 6:59:57 PM PST by Yossarian
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“why does a US company have that many foreign employees?”
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They probably work in an Asian plant.


7 posted on 03/08/2014 6:59:58 PM PST by AlexW
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


8 posted on 03/08/2014 7:00:10 PM PST by Astute
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To: Astute

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.
Freegards
LEX


9 posted on 03/08/2014 7:02:44 PM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


10 posted on 03/08/2014 7:04:04 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

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....


11 posted on 03/08/2014 7:05:10 PM PST by Astute
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To: Astute
It's obviously bad for the "team" to travel together when bad things happen.

Otherwise it's all good.

12 posted on 03/08/2014 7:06:32 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Yossarian

> 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?


13 posted on 03/08/2014 7:07:30 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001

Rather meant the company mentioned not TI


14 posted on 03/08/2014 7:09:23 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001

loose lips sink political parties...


15 posted on 03/08/2014 7:10:09 PM PST by ArtDodger
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To: Astute

One big WORKERS COMPENSATION claim....

A big/huge loss of productive and knowledgeable employees...


16 posted on 03/08/2014 7:12:00 PM PST by LaMudBug
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To: Astute

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?


17 posted on 03/08/2014 7:14:10 PM PST by ssaftler (Obama speaking is like the Fat Lady warming up: "Me Me Me Me Meeee")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
That’s terrible, but why does a US company have that many foreign employees?

you are kidding right?

18 posted on 03/08/2014 7:16:05 PM PST by beebuster2000
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


19 posted on 03/08/2014 7:17:48 PM PST by beebuster2000
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To: Yossarian
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).

There are plants in the US; IBM recently built a new one in NY state.

High tech such as that gets a lot of "romance" benefits from government to build plants.
20 posted on 03/08/2014 7:20:25 PM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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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.


21 posted on 03/08/2014 7:22:44 PM PST by MarineMom613 (RIP Sandra Sue, my fur baby 12/31/1999 ~ 7/2/2010 - See you on the other side!)
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To: ssaftler

Flying commercial ?


22 posted on 03/08/2014 7:23:04 PM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I checked out their web site, they are worldwide, with companies in Israel, India, Malaysia, China, etc etc


23 posted on 03/08/2014 7:25:18 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: PieterCasparzen

Funny you mention that there are reports of an IBM exec on board


24 posted on 03/08/2014 7:26:19 PM PST by ConservativeMan55 (In America, we don't do pin pricks. But sometimes we elect them.)
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To: beebuster2000

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.


25 posted on 03/08/2014 7:27:59 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: PieterCasparzen
Yeah, the GloFo plant up there got a huge tax-payer sweetheart deal.

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.

26 posted on 03/08/2014 7:28:01 PM PST by Yossarian
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To: ConservativeMan55

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.”


27 posted on 03/08/2014 7:31:52 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Sarah Barracuda

What a terrific statement! Thanks for posting...


28 posted on 03/08/2014 7:33:33 PM PST by halo66
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To: Astute

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.


29 posted on 03/08/2014 7:35:24 PM PST by Avid Coug
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


30 posted on 03/08/2014 7:45:47 PM PST by Trapper6012
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To: Avid Coug

Not likely, at 35,000 feet.


31 posted on 03/08/2014 7:51:19 PM PST by Bronzewound (Lost Hope & Loose Change)
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To: Avid Coug

Maybe a bomb, but not shot down at that altitude. Whatever happened seems to happened suddenly and catastrophically.


32 posted on 03/08/2014 7:55:09 PM PST by Bronzewound (Lost Hope & Loose Change)
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To: Bronzewound

The 35,000 feet factor is a good point unless a fighter jet shot it down.


33 posted on 03/08/2014 7:56:25 PM PST by Avid Coug
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

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.


34 posted on 03/08/2014 7:59:29 PM PST by Kackikat
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


35 posted on 03/08/2014 8:04:09 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

My wife works for a huge Italian multinational which is the leader in its industry.


36 posted on 03/08/2014 8:10:47 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Astute

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.


37 posted on 03/08/2014 8:24:37 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s a large company with locations all over. They could very well have been here for training or a conference or something.


38 posted on 03/08/2014 8:34:12 PM PST by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thats funny. There are lots of Foreign works that work for American companies in the USA.


39 posted on 03/08/2014 8:39:02 PM PST by Baseballguy (pharaphase (If someone does not believe in heaven or hell - they should not care where they go))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We have 50+ employees in the Philippines. Would you rather have them come here, act like spoiled illegals and vote Dummycrat?


40 posted on 03/08/2014 8:46:04 PM PST by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
That’s terrible, but why does a US company have that many foreign employees?

On the bright side, might be a good time to send them a resume! /sarc

41 posted on 03/08/2014 8:48:01 PM PST by montag813
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To: Astute
Eh.

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.

42 posted on 03/08/2014 8:52:52 PM PST by Mariner (uely)
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To: ssaftler

That is certainly a policy question, especially for companies that have corporate jets.


43 posted on 03/08/2014 8:59:47 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Thanks for that info


44 posted on 03/08/2014 9:06:39 PM PST by ConservativeMan55 (In America, we don't do pin pricks. But sometimes we elect them.)
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To: max americana

Kerry Courts Manila Government: Philippines To Become The 51st U.S. State?
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3127043/posts


45 posted on 03/08/2014 9:07:11 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

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.


46 posted on 03/08/2014 10:08:05 PM PST by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: Astute

Wild Bill died shot in the back
with his S&W Model 2 32rf
still in a holster


Put your back to the wall and carry your Colt Navy .36
Sarah Brady is sneaking up behind you right now


47 posted on 03/09/2014 12:13:03 AM PST by devolve (- Tell Vladimir after my erection I have more FLEXIBILITY -- I need more SPACE - BHO Jr -)
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To: beebuster2000
leaders in embedded processing solutions

So why do you want these employees in your power? What can they do?

48 posted on 03/09/2014 12:27:49 AM PST by MarMema ("If Americans really wanted Obamacare, you wouldn't need a law to make them buy it." Ted Cruz)
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To: MarMema
Freescale makes the world's smallest ARM controller chip even tinier
49 posted on 03/09/2014 12:33:48 AM PST by MarMema ("If Americans really wanted Obamacare, you wouldn't need a law to make them buy it." Ted Cruz)
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To: ssaftler

Looks like you were wrong. Now I am certain this is a hijack...


50 posted on 03/09/2014 12:35:01 AM PST by MarMema ("If Americans really wanted Obamacare, you wouldn't need a law to make them buy it." Ted Cruz)
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