Just curious - when you said the drawing was done by a "way outside" firm - is it possible they were using first-angle versus third-angle projection for the views?
Good thought Jeff. They are aware that we do "Third Angle Projection", and the views are positioned as such.
I just think that they struggled to get the "flat pattern" view to the proper orientation and the conclusion they came with is very "untypical".
Or, due to the part having the "horizontal line of symetry", the front & back views are the same, with the exception of them being "mirrored" in the standard multi-view drawing. Maybe they brought in the "back" view and rotated it 180 deg to have it appear as the "front" view. Still have not seen the result of their correction to the drawing yet.
But, if the view properties would include the "view rotation" status, maybe I could have put this matter together a little quicker.