Lenovo Launches Its First U.S. PC Manufacturing Line in North Carolina
June 6, 2013 12:32 PM
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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.
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6/6/2013 2:11:25 PM
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...
6/6/2013 3:17:42 PM
A sales ban affects a broader range of targets...like, 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.
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