Compaq to close New Hampshire Alpha Computer Plant

Compaq to close New Hampshire Alpha Computer Plant
Tom Foremski
Compaq Computer is closing its New Hampshire Alpha microprocessor enterprise server manufacturing plant and moving production to its plants in Texas and California, creating a shadow over its commitment to Alpha based systems. .
Compaq Computer is closing its New Hampshire Alpha microprocessor server manufacturing plant and moving production to its plants in Texas and California. The move will affect about 900 jobs with some workers being layed off and others offered jobs at Compaq’s other manufacturing facilities. Although Compaq says it is still committed to its Alpha based systems, US market research company Gartner Group has warned Alpha systems buyers that Compaq needs to make it Alpha strategy a lot clearer and there is some uncertainty over the future of Alpha systems because of Compaq’s financial troubles. The company earlier this year reported poor financial results and ousted its CEO.
“To secure a competitive advantage for Compaq, we must simplify our supply chains and manufacturing operations wherever possible,” said Ed Straw, Senior Vice President at Compaq. “The action will reduce the number of high-end server manufacturing sites in North America by a third and help us streamline order fulfilment.”


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