Lenovo Adds "Think" Manufacturing Line in North Carolina
October 2, 2012 1:15 PM
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The move will create 115 jobs in the state
Lenovo will add manufacturing operations to a distribution center in the U.S. early next year, creating over 100 new American jobs.
Lenovo, a China-based PC maker that is co-headquartered in Beijing, Singapore and North Carolina, is expanding its operations in Whitsett, North Carolina. This expansion will involve the addition of a manufacturing line to its Whitsett order fulfillment and distribution center.
The Whitsett distribution center, which was opened in 2008, will see 115 new job openings with the new manufacturing line. It will cost Lenovo $2 million to put it together, and will begin hiring later this year. However, the manufacturing line won't start running until early next year.
The Whitsett plant currently has 160
and covers about 250,000 square feet in the town. Once the manufacturing line is in place, it will produce Think-brand laptops, notebooks and tablets.
Lenovo isn't receiving any local or state incentives to expand in the NC town.
The expansion into manufacturing in North Carolina could be beneficial for both Lenovo and the state. Lenovo will be able to deliver products to customers more quickly and efficiently, and North Carolina, which had a 9.7 percent unemployment rate as of August, could really use the jobs.
Lenovo entered the U.S. market in 2005 when it acquired IBM's PC business. According to David Schmoock, president of Lenovo's North American business, the Whitsett expansion "reflects our confidence in the U.S. PC market" and was "based on customer demand."
Lenovo is the No. 2 PC maker right now, and will likely get an extra push once Windows 8 is released October 26. Lenovo recently announced
new IdeaPad notebooks and AIOs
that will run Windows 8 as well as
tablets that will run Windows RT
and Windows 8.
Windows 8 or not, though, Lenovo is already doing pretty well for itself. In August, the company reported
impressive Q1 2012 earnings
with a net income increase of 30 percent year-over-year to $141 million. The PC maker also increased computer shipments during the quarter by 24.4 percent compared to Q1 2011.
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Can be worth the wait
10/2/2012 10:10:55 PM
About one year ago, I ordered a Thinkpad edge 520. I really appreciated the numerous customization options: matte screen, HDD capacity, CPU, RAM, keyboad type and so on.
It was built to my specs and shipped from mainland China to eastern Canada in 3 weeks. Worth the wait to have it like I wanted it.
Other choices were Dell (very few to no custom options) and then all the rest, (Toshiba, HP, Asus, Acer...) for which you simply have to take it as it comes.
RE: Can be worth the wait
10/2/2012 11:00:03 PM
Lenovo is good like that, lots of good mid and high-end options. So many other companies either offer only low end (Acer), offer more limited selection and are overpriced against the competition (Dell, HP), or offer only high end components (Apple). Lenovo does a great job filling in lots of niches. Hell, if the x220 wasn't 16:9 then it'd be damn near perfect.
RE: Can be worth the wait
10/4/2012 3:19:36 AM
And just think, the Edge series is their bottom end.
In the USA, custom orders on T, W and X series is about 8~10 days from custom order to delivery.
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