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manufacturing successful during the life of the cleanroom manufacturing era. 

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Mark Baechle
June 20, 2017

Mark Baechle:

When I left Lucent, I got an MBA, and used my 10+ years of part-time experience with Real Estate to make a career our of it.  Now in my 24th year of Real Estate, I have helped over a hundred people make their moves smooth, easy, and painless.  Please let me know who you have heard of that is thinking of buying a property, selling a property, or investing in real estate, so that I can help them with expert advice, and exceptional service.

PS  When not helping folks with real estate, I travel, ski, snowboard, and play tennis, and volleyball.

Esther Davis
March 2, 2017
"Unemployed and Cancer Free!"
Just FYI, not sure if I had touched base with you about me going through breast cancer last year but I am cancer free now - Thank God!
I was off from my current job for 5 months going through radiation and chemo treatments and three months to the day after returning to work the S.O.B's. laid me off! Without any warning even one or two week notice - I went to work on a Tuesday morning 7:30 am and by 11:00 am they called me in the office and said sorry we don't need you any more - so needless-to-say I have been home for about 5 months now - I really do like being home and wanting to start some type of work/making money type of business right from my home.
Larry Caracciolo
October 6, 2016
Locally the economy is in tatters. Boeing-Everett is laying off thousands of salaried engineers this month - all to improve its cash flow. Sound familiar...RIF habits from the 1980's? Of course, Boeing mgmt will receive their bonuses in achievement of headcount reduction goals. Makes no sense. It's a bad time to be unemployed. Working independently has been a life saver for me. I'll remain in this mode for the foreseeable future.
Joe Buckfeller
February 4, 2016

I have not sent anything in a while, but I have had some changes in my career. The last time I sent information I was moving from TI to Tosoh SMD. Since my move in 2012 I have went from Senior Manager of New Product Development to Director of Engineering and to my current position as President and COO. In my current role I have been able to travel the world and visit customers in places that I would have never thought of. As with all positions challenges arise and the stakes are much higher. All in all Ohio has been a good move for Donna and I. I still miss the times we all had on the boulevard. We still talk about the time Fessler dropped the fake dog poop out of his pants and you laughed so hard you could almost not breath. Or the time we had in the “Cubicle of Food.” Good memories and most of all good friends.

Joe Buckfeller
President and COO


Jeff Shuey
May 28, 2015

Jeffrey A Shuey, MBA
Financial Advisor

I am an independent financial advisor with Riley Wealth Strategies. I primarily work with individuals, families and small businesses to help them identify and meet their financial goals as well as protect the assets they have already accumulated.

I am licensed to sell securities, life insurance, annuities, disability insurance and long term care (LTC) products to both individuals and companies. I am also a participant in Signator's Corporate Registered Investment Advisor (CRIA) program, enabling me to offer Managed Account Programs. 

Please feel free to contact me for a complimentary portfolio review!

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Esther Davis
December 30, 2014
This is who I work for and what I do -
I work for Anixter, Inc. which is a global distributor of communications and security products, electrical and electronic wire and cable, fasteners and other small components.
Headquarters is located in Glenview, IL and locally off of Rt. 100 in Allentown, PA.
My position for the last 7 yrs. has been the PCM Administrator working in the fastener division.  The PCM (Product Content Management) Department works with parts, part numbers, loading engineer drawings, specifications and a variety of different documents affiliated with the drawings.
Richard Fallstich
April 30, 2014
I came across the Allentown WE Alumni Web Site today.  I worked there from 8/7/78 to March 1989.  I don’t remember the exact termination date, I was laid-off.  My entire time there was spent in the photomask engineering dept. as an Engineering Associate.  For about the first 6 years I was there my dept. chief was Art Fiest, you might have known him, he worked there a very long time.
Sharyn  Gunn
April 30, 2014
I’m so glad I reconnected with your site. It was so nice catching up with the updates. I’d like to let folks know what I’ve been up to. I’ve been working for Volvo for the past seven years as a project manager. I’ve worked in both the truck and the road and utility part of the business leading projects for class 8 trucks and compaction equipment. Being a Swedish owned company I’ve launch products both in the US and in Europe and have the opportunity to travel a few times a year to Europe. Working for Volvo has given me lots of the great things I miss from our old days at WE/AT&T/Lucent/Agere and I’m really grateful for that. My email is Sharyn.gunn@volvo.com. Take care. Shary
Bill Rumble
November 1, 2013

Hi Joe, I just wanted to give you an update on my job status. I am working at the Tobyhanna Army depot as a government employee since April 2007. I work in an engineering lab were I design, build, and repair test sets. I like the job since everyday presents a different challenge. The commute is an hour one way, but I am in a vanpool which helps save my car.

Bill Rumble
Alan Drukemniller
October 2, 2012
I have been a Realtor for more than 5 years now.   I work out of the Bethlehem Office of Weichert Realtors, right across from Westgate Mall.  16 years ago today, 10/1/1996,  I walked into my office around 10:30 AM to announce that my wife had just given birth to my son.  Lappy was there and the first words out of his mouth were "Hey, the first Lucent baby."  That's how I will always remember the day we became Lucent Technologies.


Al Druckenmiller
Weichert Realtors
Joe Buckfeller
September 6, 2012
I hope all is well with you. I just wanted to update you on my latest adventure. Over the last few years I had been starting up TI's RFAB 300mm manufacturing line. It was a great experience, but the 24x7 days left little or no life outside of work. In April this year I decided that it was time for a change. I now work for Tosoh SMD in Grove City Ohio as the Senior Manager of New Product Development. Tosoh manufactures the deposition targets that go into the PVD Deposition Systems. I have done business with this company since the early 1980's. I know most of the people that work here so it was like coming home. The atmosphere is very much like the old days on Union Blvd. Donna and I are still in the process of moving up here. We will be closer to family and friends and are looking forward to living in Ohio. I will not miss the 100days of 100 degree heat that Texas had to offer.
Glenn Marshall
April 30, 2012
Now that we are settled in I wanted to update you.    After living in Saratoga Springs Utah for 5 yrs we have now moved back East to NY.  I am still with DNS as a Senior Process Engineer and I primarily support Global Foundries just outside Saratoga Springs NY but have responsibilities across the US.   We had a really nice time living out West and seeing what the area holds, but it is nice get back East where most of our family still resides.
Christine Dakes
March 5, 2012
I started a job as a Senior System Analyst/Programmer for Lehigh Valley Hospital in their IT dept. in 2/12
Barry Dutt
March 4, 2011
I worked for Bell Labs (1981), AT&T Technology Systems, Lucent, Agere, LSI until the Product Analysis Lab (FA lab) closed on 1/6/2011 (29years).

I now work for the Department Of Defense as a Project Manager.
Jeff Shuey
November 14, 2010
Hello friends and former colleagues! I am enjoying a second career as a financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments. I help folks put together a collection of high quality and well diversified investments to meet their financial goals. I'm really enjoying helping people who have gotten poor advice and/or service from other advisors and brokerage firms.

Call me anytime for a no obligation review.

Jeff Shuey Financial Advisor, Edward Jones Investments 3900 Hamilton Boulevard Allentown, PA 18104 Office: 610-437-2066 Cell: 484-553-3651 Home: 610-530-8630 jeff.shuey@edwardjones.com www.edwardjones.com (search for Shuey)

Dan McKee
October 22, 2010
I had taken some time off and then went back to school to get my PMP Certification. But now I am back in the 'game' at PPL - good company - very much like ATT back in the day - union, older workforce, etc. - so I feel right at home. Lots of exAgere/exLucent people there as well.  I am the Senior Business Analyst in the Construction Management group. Our group manages all the contractors working for PPL.
Herb Pfeiffer
March 4, 2010
On February 1, 2010 I accepted a position as a 2nd Shift Production Supervisor with B. Braun Medical, Inc. in Allentown, PA. I am working in the IV Systems manufacturing line where we basically manufacture everything related to IV treatment/use. There are a number of former ATT/Lucent/Agere people working here so it has been a comfortable transition.
Steve Pohowsky
February 26, 2010
Update:  “I’ve been with the PennDOT District Office in Allentown for 7 years now as a Safety Program Specialist and Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator.  It’s hard to believe were the time goes.  We are quite busy with all the economic stimulus related projects.  We’ve got our own little former Agere gathering here as Jan Wallaesa, Bob Ashmore, Kevin Cummings, and two guys from the old Optoelectronics group work in the building.  Most of my job entails investigating fatal or major injury crash clusters and having low cost safety improvement projects installed.  Numerous locations have been fixed and crashes have either been reduced or eliminated.   In 2009 Pennsylvania recorded the lowest number of traffic related fatalities since records have been keep going back to 1928.  I’m proud to be a part of that accomplishment.”
Larry Caracciolo
February 16, 2010
Life is good here. After New Year's, I moved on from Boeing. I learned a great deal, and left with an easy heart and easy decision. In celebration, I restarted my travel plans to France. I'll be leaving for a week to Paris, this coming Thursday. I found a small studio apartment, north of the city, and will be spending a week visiting sights, eating, and getting the lay of the land. My French could be better but I'll manage. I can understand better than I can speak, and my reading is pretty good, for simple things. I have a nonstop flight going and coming back. And, I'll be meeting up with some American ex-pats on Saturday for some networking. One never knows...! A friend is cat sitting and house sitting.
Linda Straub
October 4, 2009
Hello everyone! It's great having this website to see how everyone is doing. Thanks Joe for the opportunity to tell my story. I have been retired from Agere for 6 years and 4 months. A lot has happened to me during that time. I lost my father to lung cancer, my mother now has Alzheimer's and is in a home, I lost my father-in-law to Dewy Body Dementia, my daughter got married and divorced, my husband was diagnosed with heart problems and on top of all of that I lost my Agere medical benefits. But believe it or not I am now the happiest I've ever been. I am working in a new job with benefits. I was working as a temp for about 34 weeks and was finally hired April 1st of this year. I work for Greenstar Allentown located in Northampton, PA. The company is based in Europe. The US base is in Huston TX. You can read about us on the web at www.greenstar-na.com . My title is Weighmaster and I run 2 truck scales in this recycling facility. When I was a kid I loved to play office and now I get to play office and get paid. Filing, letter writing, mail, faxing, e-mailing, answering the phone, shipping, running the scale and helping where ever I can. When I was looking for a job, I wanted to find something that I liked. I never dreamed I'd find a job I love so much. I work with two very outstanding women, Michele and Pam. We all work really well together. Michele is brilliant and she has taught me a lot. Pam is a sweetheart, the nicest person you would ever want to meet. It's a privilege to work with them. We all have fun during the day and the time flies. We are busy from the minute we start till the minute we leave. It is awesome. I always believe everything happens for a reason. If Agere had not closed in June 2003 I never would have been able to spend the time I did with my Dad. I wouldn't have been able to care for my Mom until she went to the home. I am grateful to Agere for that. I'm also grateful that I lost my medical benefits because I never would have looked for work and found a super job. We all have to play the cards we are dealt. I'm playing mine hand the best I can.