Volgens dit nieuwsbericht van TechWeb heeft NEC plannen om hun Packard Bell unit om zeep te helpen. De fabriek in Sacramento zal worden gesloten, 80% van de banen gaan foetsie en het hoger management mag ook vertrekken. Binnenkort ook geen Packard Bell PC's meer in de Harense Smid .
Japan's NEC Corp. plans a restructuring of its U.S. Packard Bell NEC unit which will result in layoffs of about 80 percent of the unit's staff, departure of senior management and its withdrawal from the U.S. retail personal-computer market, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.
Citing Packard Bell spokesman Ron Fuchs, it said that NEC, together with French partner Groupe Bull, which holds 12 percent of the unit, had wanted Packard Bell NEC to post a loss of no more than $100 million in 1999, but the unit is on track for a loss of $150 million this year.
The report said Packard Bell will close its Sacramento, Calif., manufacturing facility, resulting in a loss of 1,000 jobs. It is also in talks to sell its call center in Magna, Utah, and expects the 600 workers there to be transferred to the new owner, and the unit will cut administrative staff by several hundred.