I fear to tread on the experienced Fat aficionados here, but didn't Chris Chance try to take the company in a similar direction by moving to Saratoga?
Chris spent a lot on SaB and Ti FAT. Financially FAT wasn't always lead so well. Debts were substantial. Chris didn't want to sell out or merge, but in the end he couldn't resist. It was a tough, very tough way that lead to this decission. Moreover I don't think having Serotta built FATs is a cheap way of outsourcing. Serotta is in the same league. Economics lay in the merger itself.
yeh I've gotta step in here as well. set the record straight. I know the full story from wendyl, most of which cant be shared info. BUT, FAT moved to stay alive. This wasnt a move to a cheaper labour pool, IE taiwan. serotta is obviously in the US & makes some of the most expensive frames made! so yeh ditto Elev12K.
now, back to the kona rant
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