Originally Posted by chacruz
Hello from Cali, Colombia.
Sad beyond words when reading this, I have to confess.
I've been and will be out of the public discussions related to Mark and AV123 situation.
My only purpose today is to ask you guys a favor: Please have some respect for myself, my family and the tradition of 76 years of hard work.
Two more favors actually:
1.- If some of you are strong believers of the classic stereotype of a Colombian and think that any company here has to be run by a "mobster", it is of course your privilege and there is nothing I can do about it. But please don't use my name even close to those words. You can't imagine how dangerous and potentially harmful is to have your personal name or that of your company associated to those concepts.
2.- I don't have any problem accepting any criticism related to the quality of our products, their performance or their aesthetics. I even enjoy jokes like Gollum causing some scratches. BUT to imply that our factory is full of rodents and that our workers don't have homes is simply not acceptable. I'm going to disclose the name of our company (Uniaudio, the loudspeaker factory, is only a division) just to clarify and demand respect once more:
Our company, founded in 1934, is FUNDICIONES UNIVERSO S.A. ( http://www.fundicionesuniverso.com/eng/
), a manufacturer of industrial parts, member of the American Chamber of Commerce, exporting to more than 14 countries and with strong associations with other companies around the world in projects to produce ethanol, Sugar and cement.
We have 270 persons working in conditions that are easily considered "first class" if compared with any other company in any country.
When running at full steam, Uniaudio had 70 people working making cabinets, good or bad, beautiful or ugly, but always in excellent conditions and treated as the wonderful artisans and human beings that they are.
At this point I have to clarify that Mark always demanded from us to have the best possible conditions for the workers.
Well, this is the first and last post that you'll read from myself on this matter. I don't think that I'm asking for any "special treatment" here. Simply please don't assume, don't insult and don't use us as a joke instrument.
As a music lover I'll always be ready, if some of you has the chance to visit the beautiful country that Colombia is, to have you at home, share a drink, listen to some music and enjoy life.
Sorry for this long and boring piece of text, pardon my english (is even worst when I try to speak) and have a great weekend.