Methode has expanded overseas, but the Golden, Illinois plant has been sold to a company that tiles fields, and Carthage reduced to apx 100. I retired after 22 years there, in test equipment design and fabrication.
No radiant heater, FL Just doesn't seem to need it :-) If you look at my desk in the original article, it was in the main office, next to ceiling to floor windows, back in the corner where Accounting(owner's wife) didn't have direct line of vision :-). The conspicuous lack of windows was My personal choice, but the ability to "hide away" and not get pestered with production issues has been a blessing. I'm actually finding time to be an engineer again. At least I have the advantage of working for an ME and a MaterialsE. They're quite understanding of the design process.
"A clean desk is a sure sign of an empty mind"
I was interviewing years ago; the chief engineer was giving me a tour after chatting in his office when I used this line. Then I thought OMG what did his desk look like? Back in his office, I was relieved to see a pleasantly messy desk. Got the job.
My first experience with someone who managed to leave their desk clean each night impressed me until I caught him dumping the contents into his adjacent filing cabinet before leaving for the day.
Pre email days, a colleague had a three tier in-tray with the tiers labelled "In", "Still In" and "Laugh and Tear Up".
I wonder what Dave Kress' desk of Analog Devices looks like these days? Back in Dec, I could see his forehead above the stacks of papers on his desk. Has anyone checked on him lately? Judging by his desk, he is way past genius level.
Around 30 yrs ago my first job out of college was at a big R&D lab. During my first year a manager of a related group came into my cramped office and saw how messy it was. He said something like "It's been proven that the most productive engineers have the neatest desks". This worried me for a long time, until I happened to visit HIS office about a year later. It looked like someone had upended a dumpster in it. I later found out this guy had a very droll sense of humor and was just pulling my leg. My desk still looks like a mess, by the way.