Count me among those sorry to hear the news that Rockwell is closing its printed circuit board fabrication plant.
I’ve been through that plant and this is sad to see. I wrote a profile of the plant for PC FAB in 2000. At the time, then GM Mike Driscoll was overseeing a major implementation of Lean manufacturing, making the site one of the early adopters of the practice.
I’m of the opinion (minority, probably) that OEMs retaining in-house knowledge and expertise of manufacturing processes is a good thing, even if they can’t necessarily generate a direct profit from it.
That, plus I knew several people who worked in that shop over the years and every one of them is a class act.
There are still a few major OEMs with in-house fab capacity. Let’s hope they see fit to keep it.