Uh oh—I hope the kids in Faulkton, Hoven, and Lake Preston have gotten their laptops. If they haven't, they might be waiting even longer: Gateway has managed to (almost) kill the company that bought it. MPC Corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today. MPC CEO John Yeros cites "nforeseen issues surrounding our integration of the Gateway Professional business unit, combined with adapting the operations of our manufacturing partner to additional customized requirements" as "more challenging than originally anticipated."
Didn't anticipate challenges: sounds like an epitaph for countless failed businesses.
MPC's press release assures us that "The company's operations are expected to continue during the reorganization process." Hmm... kind of like Baltic, Faulkton, and several other South Dakota school districts expected to have their computers before September 1?
Maybe next year's Classroom Connections program should skip the fancy laptops and just buy the kids some books. Less tech support, longer shelf life.
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