Anyone who sees Apple expanding and employing more and more people today, may not imagine that one day the company went through a roller coaster of events, like the production of the first Macintosh in a cubicle at Hewlett-Packard and the attempt to industrially manufacture the Mac in the United States in the 1980s.
No, you didn?t read it wrong. Ma's computers were assembled in Silicon Valley (California) at a factory in the USA for eight years, during which time a former company executive, Jean-Louis Gasse, does not have good memories as disclosed by the The New York Times.
Gasse was hired by the then CEO of Apple, John Sculley, and became president of the company's product division. In the early days, he decided to understand how the company really builds its products, working on one of the factory's production lines opened by Ma's co-founder, Steve Jobs, with the goal of making the Mac.
"I was ashamed to attach a monitor to the computer frame with a screwdriver," recalled Gasse in a recent interview. At the end of his shift, Gasse took a broom and swept the parts that had left the production line. "It was very shameful," he said of the visibly sloppy process.
During Jobs's command, the executive tried to deploy his version of two processes on which he has ?deep convictions?: the mass production of Fordism and the Japanese Toyotista method ("Just in time"). However, his efforts to replicate these processes in California were one of his failures.
The Fremont plant closed in 1992, five years before Jobs returned to Apple, partly because he never received the demand the executive had envisioned. Currently, only a few (few) companies specializing in prototyping systems maintain a workforce focused on the manufacture of products in the Silicon Valley.
To learn more about this period in the history of Ma and Jobs' wishes for Mac production in the USA, check out the publication of New York Times in full.