Lenovo Officially Starts Up Its First U.S. PC Manufacturing Line in North Carolina

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Laptop Adapters...

Maybe it is not a good news for me , and I like Lenovo very much.
Hope more newest information about it. Thank you very much!!!!

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Rift2

Remember DELL Your getting a Dell and at least it's assembled or made somewhat here but not anymore.

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Rift2

Too bad it's not AMD NVIDIA or ASUS =) I wish I could get a job there!! 110 jobs is good!!!

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CaptainFabulous

Oh boy, a whole 115 people. Whoopdiefuckingdo. We should NOT be congratulating companies for bringing assembly back to the US if they're not actually going to hire human beings to do the assembly or manufacturing. Cause then is a giant BFD? If you're not creating jobs who gives a shit where your plant is located?

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Renegade Knight

Say they product Zero jobs and it's a 100% automated factory. You still want it here. They need supplies. They need them delivered. They need the robot repaired and those create jobs even if the plant it self created a whopping zero or a woopdiefucking doo 115 jobs.

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CaptainFabulous

Whoopdie FUCKING do. Unless they are paying their fair and proper amount of taxes without offshore tax havens or other fancy accounting (they're not), then NO, we don't want them here because, like Walmart, they become nothing more than a tick that takes more than they give back. Your plant uses space that can't be used by another company to employ humans. You're not creating any substantial amount of jobs, so you're not injecting any significant amount of money into the local economy despite using up a shitload of resources. You're making a shitton of money but not paying anything in taxes.

Can you really not see how these kinds of plants are NOT a benefit to us? It's great for the giant billion dollar corporations that hire no American workers and pay no taxes, but it does jack shit for the rest of us.

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John Pombrio

Robotic assembly lines are getting very commonplace in the electronics industry. The machines do not ask for decent hours or jump off the roof of the buildings and the price of labor does not matter so much. They can also be placed anywhere so why not in a location that has excellent infrastructure, is close to the market, and has access to highly educated technical support.
Where assembly starts to happen THEN the components that do not require a lot of manual labor will also start to be built nearby. Manufacturing is also a dirty business with lots of caustic byproducts so there are tradeoffs for raw materials to finished product manufacturing.
There is lots of this "inshoring" going on. After all, no company goes off-shore for better quality. When your company gets burned by low quality, inconsistent products,and long shipping times, you start questioning exactly why you went to China in the first place.

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vrmlbasic

Robots also don't join corrupt unions and then slack off on the job once they climb the ranks of the union enough to become modern "made men".

Years ago, I thought that robots sorted mail for UPS. Turns out, people do. Due to the aforementioned problem with their people in the teamsters' union (which had, after a grace period, mandatory membership) there was, and is, almost always hiring going on at the local UPS sort facilities.

I wonder if UPS could have robots to load, unload and sort the trucks but can't because the teamsters have conspired against it? Indeed I do.

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CaptainFabulous

I wonder if you're a fucking moron. Indeed I do. Oh wait, I'm pretty sure you are one. So you'd rather see UPS use robots instead of human workers? How very Republican of you, you fucking idiot.

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ShyLinuxGuy

Very ironic that Lenovo (a Chinese company) is making PCs right here in the homeland. I'll keep them in mind when I replace my laptop pretty soon, which will probably be another Thinkpad. Even though it's a proven fact that we are service-based economy, it doesn't hurt to buy USA-manufactured goods whenever possible. I bought an Ohio-built 2013 Accord a couple of months ago.

I guess a long time ago Dell, HP, Gateway (before its merger with Acer), Apple and a few others built most of their PCs here, even though the actual parts (RAM, HDDs and whatnot) always came from somewhere in Asia. I've invariably came across old Pentiums and other older relics and they've pretty much all had 'Assembled in America' on their regulatory labels.

I would never expect PCs or any electronics for that matter to be manufactured here in the age where things like cars, white goods and even building materials and heavy machinery are predominately coming from Mexico, Korea, China or Taiwan.

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CaptainFabulous

Yeah, read the fine print. Most of the work is being done by robots. The entire plant only staffs 115 American workers. So no, this is not some grand paradigm shift back to USA manufacturing and jobs. It's simply another way for billion dollar corporations to find ways of making even more money and avoiding hiring American workers.

They get to slap the "assembled in the USA" label on everything, fooling people into thinking they're using American workers when they're not.

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big_montana

gateway has not made their computers in the US for a very long time, had nothing to do with their merger with Acer. Dell and HP were just assembled here, as the majority of the computer was produced overseas and them upgrades were installed here, added memory, larger hard rive, discrete graphics card, etc so they could label their machines made in America.

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Morete

So now assembly is considered manufacturing? Boutique PC builders are manufacturers I guess. Okay, I got it. We need the entire forest here, but a wood sliver is at least a start.

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Renegade Knight

Yes. Assembling is manufacturing. Not as good as manufacturing computers made from parts also manufactured in the usa from components also manufuctured in the USA from materials refined in the USA from ores mined in the USA. But it's something.

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PCWolf

Yes, they are trying to capitalize on the "Buy American" trend that is growing.

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PCWolf

Lenovo is a CHINESE based company. There is no mention that this plant they made is actually manufacturing any the Electronics such as the Motherboards or other Components. There is not enough Information in this article to know for sure. So it appears all the parts in their computers are made in CHINA, & are only Assembled in the USA by US Workers. So look for the "Mad in America with Foreign Components" label.

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PCWolf

While trying to Edit the Typos, I got a
"Access denied You are not authorized to access this page." so pardon the mistakes.

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Morete

Thank you.

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Goolashe

Hopefully they won't shut it down in just a few years like Dell did with the plant they build in North Carolina.

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PCWolf

Dells profits dropped by 0.001% due to having to pay American Workers & taxes. so they shut down the plant. Typical American Corporate Thinking.

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shimonmor

Good them and for us.

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ronmccord

Congrats to Leonovo. Love the X line and the T line. Room for Lenevo to bring out a sff factor gaming pc and Also a Carbon Fiber Laptop gaming machine. No one has that yet! I would choose that over a Razer or Alienware next time ( I have two Alienware laptops now)

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HouseFoxx

Instead of a Carbon fiber faceplate slapped over the cover, I'd rather a full metal frame and some actually decent hinges for once.

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Glycerin

Yeah, I'm definitely for quality hinges. Soo many laptop have such crappy hinges with so much play in them, it's annoying. Is it really that hard to manufacture a quality hinge?

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