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The new line will add 115 manufacturing jobs in North Carolina and increase state output by more than $1 billion

Lenovo officially opened its first U.S. PC production line in its North Carolina facility yesterday, which will be responsible for producing some of Lenovo's Think products

The facility is 240,000 square feet and located in Whitsett, which is a North Carolina town about 10 miles east of Greensboro. 

The Whitsett facility has served as a logistics center, national returns center and customer solutions center. But now, Lenovo has added a U.S. computer manufacturing line to the factory. 

“Lenovo has achieved record growth and market share in the U.S. PC market, and the Whitsett manufacturing facility will enable us to further expand our presence here,” said Yuanqing Yang, chairman and CEO of Lenovo. “The facility is a demonstration of our commitment to and confidence in the North American market, and we see tremendous opportunities for the continued growth and development of our manufacturing footprint here in the United States.”

The U.S. computer manufacturing line started operations in January of this year. It will produce many Think products, such as the ThinkCentre M92p Tiny desktop, ThinkPad Helix convertible ultrabook, ThinkPad Tablet 2, etc.

The new line will add 115 manufacturing jobs in North Carolina and increase state output by more than $1 billion. 

Lenovo also donated 36 ThinkCentre Desktops (which were made in the Whitsett facility) to the Greensboro YMCA for youth activities. 

“I am proud that Lenovo is continuing to invest in North Carolina, bringing needed jobs to the Greensboro area and providing a foundation for future economic growth in our state,” said North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory. “Lenovo has been producing innovative and exciting products around the world and now they are in North Carolina’s backyard and we’re fortunate to have them.”
While making PCs in the U.S. could be a good move, PC sales are on the decline while mobile devices like smartphones and tablets are taking over. That's why Lenovo announced last month that it will push its own smartphones in the U.S. in the future. There are no details available on Lenovo smartphone plans right now, but it will likely involve Android.

Source: Lenovo

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RE: Economics
By Schadenfroh on 6/6/2013 1:07:15 PM , Rating: 1
It would be a brilliant move to manufacture tablets (like Lenovo is doing here) and smart phones stateside.

Most of the tablet / phone bans are import bans. If they are assembled here, they are no longer imports and if they have to shut a line down and furlough blue-collar American workers due to a frivolous patent ruling, you can bet there will be a public outcry for patent reform and a backlash towards Apple / Microsoft.

RE: Economics
By Motoman on 6/6/2013 1:35:59 PM , Rating: 2
That's ridiculous. Apple could request a sales ban instead of an import ban, and get the same result. This action has no bearing on such things.

RE: Economics
By Schadenfroh on 6/6/2013 2:11:25 PM , Rating: 2
I'm no IP lawyer, why not go for a sales ban in the first place? Especially if it is on older models that might already be in warehouses over here and no longer being imported...

RE: Economics
By Motoman on 6/6/2013 3:17:42 PM , Rating: 2
A sales ban affects a broader range of, Target for example. When a sales ban comes down, all retail outlets have to literally take their own inventory off the floor - and then wrangling starts to happen between retailers, distributors, and the manufacturers for buyback and whatever else.

In short - it's a mess. An import ban on foreign-produced goods is a *lot* cleaner. But since you clearly can't do an import ban on domestically-assembled products, you're left with a sales ban instead.

RE: Economics
By drycrust3 on 6/7/2013 5:25:27 PM , Rating: 2
These are my thoughts too. Look at Apple, they just got stung with an import ban, admittedly on an older model phone, but none the less it now means they have to look into the design of all their up coming phones to check for possible infringement.

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