On a recent stroll through one of its cavernous buildings, now mostly vacant except for scattered piles of shiny metal tubes and other unfinished materials, Kvochak points to a $200,000 concrete floor that was installed this year.
"If there was some predestined plan to shut this place down, we wouldn't have spent the money," he says.
Despite the labor-management breach, Kvochak speaks with affection of his former employees and the factory complex that was their home for so many years.
"It's a great place," he says, walking past furnaces and machines that are mostly silent now.
"There are great people. It's really sad. Really sad."
Los Angeles County has lost more than 250,000 manufacturing jobs since its all-time peak in 1979, while non-manufacturing jobs have increased. Heavy industry, including many high-paying unionized jobs, has been hit the hardest. In the job index below, 1979 = 100.
High-tech manufacturing (1993): 69.0
Non-manufacturing (1993): 114.6
Light manufacturing (1993): 90.9