During a 1981 visit to the two-year-old Brooklyn facility, IBM president and chief executive officer John R. Opel said that the plant "has been a story of successive progress." It had also been the story of personal achievements by hundreds of minority-group men and women who trained for and acquired technical skills, took on-site classes in academic subjects and who began IBM careers that led to enriched economic and professional opportunities. Some one-third of the plant's managers each year went on to jobs in other IBM locations and divisions, and more than six percent of the employees who began their careers in Brooklyn were later promoted to jobs in other parts of the company.
In foreground, John R. Opel, IBM president and chief executive officer, with Henry Bing, Jr., left, general manager, and Herbert Bruce, right, sub-products manager, first shift, in 1981.
In 1993, the Brooklyn plant became an independent, minority-owned business when IBM transferred its ownership to Advanced Technological Solutions Inc., a new business consisting mainly of former managers and employees of the facility. ATSI continued to perform the same services for IBM as before, along with additional work for non-IBM customers.