Western Electric to Make Vacuum Tubes in Rossville, Georgia

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Western Electric to Make Vacuum Tubes in Rossville, Georgia

Post by Lurker on Sun Jun 23, 2013 4:39 pm

In 1983, Western Electric was the world's fifth-largest industrial corporation, with its headquarters in a Manhattan skyscraper and a storied history of technological innovation --including introducing talking motion pictures in the 1920s.
AT&T stopped using the venerable company's name in 1984, as part of the breakup of "Ma Bell" into "baby bells."
Now, Western Electric has been resurrected. Its headquarters are in Rossville, Ga., at 410 Chickamauga Ave. in a four-story, 65,000-square-foot former Wachovia bank. The once-vacant building was adorned about three weeks ago with distinctive red-lettered "Western Electric" signs on its east and west sides.
The Rossville operation will make vacuum tubes mainly for use in high-end audio components.
"It's a lost art," company president Charles G. Whitener Jr. said.
Vacuum tubes once were ubiquitous in household radios, stereos and televisions until they were supplanted by transistors.
Yet tubes still are sought by audiophiles, or enthusiasts of high-quality sound reproduction.





http://timesfreepress.com/news/2013/jun/23/western-electric-plugs-into-rossville/

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Re: Western Electric to Make Vacuum Tubes in Rossville, Georgia

Post by Lurker on Sun Jun 23, 2013 4:43 pm

I worked for Western Electric Company, Inc. I hired on in January 1968. Western became AT&T Technologies in 1984, then AT&T Network Systems and then in 1996 it became Lucent Technologies. Today it is called Alcatel-Lucent. I retired in 1999 with almost 32 years with them. It's great to see the old name come back to life. Western Electric was the manufacturing, supply and installation company for the Bell System.

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Post by Ben Reilly on Sun Jun 23, 2013 6:48 pm

That's very cool, and it reminds me of the Stradivarius stringed instruments in that there's still a lucrative market for them despite modern innovations due to superiority in sound quality. Or how some people still prefer the precision of a quality GPS device despite the smartphone apps that exist now. There will always be a market for quality.

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