Charlie Sporck - HoF

Summary : Charlie Sporck perfected early manufacturing management in the semiconductor industry and drove the first off-shoring, putting assembly plants in Asia

Inducted 2016, when the HoF was opened beyond Chip Making to include people who changed the business

Charlie Sporck (2016) perfected manufacturing management and drove the first off-shoring, putting assembly plants in Asia

  • He was the first real manufacturing person at Fairchild
    • Led the industry from the lab to the fab
    • Was pushed out by management consultants
    • Fairchild never regained its edge
  • Saved National Semiconductor in a key turn-around
    • Developed manufacturing engineering long before it was a profession -- used to drive down prices, via lower costs
    • Became one of the Big 3: AMD, Intel, & National
  • One of the first to raise the flag against the threat of Japan
    • Key founder of the SIA, SRC, and SEMATECH
  • Kept unions out of semiconductors
    • "I make less than the Union bosses do."
    • Treat your people well and they won’t need Unions

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