A final assessment by Freescale of its seriously damaged manufacturing facility in Sendai, Japan is to not reopen the facility. In April 2009, Freescale announced plans to close its Sendai operations, winding down operations through 2011, before the March 11th 9.0 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan near Sendai.
Freescale will shift remaining production capacity to other facilities and foundry partners, according to the company. The Sendai facility had been producing microcontrollers, analog ICs and sensors products.
“In this time of devastating loss for many of our Sendai employees, we want to do what we can to help and to return some sense of stability to their lives,” said Rich Beyer (Pictured), Freescale’s Chairman and CEO. “To that end, Freescale will compensate them through a salary continuation for an extended period of time, coupled with a comprehensive severance package.”