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Lenovo, the world's second largest PC player behind only Hewlett-Packard (HP), announced plans to open its first U.S.-based PC production line, which will reside in Whitsett, North Carolina, not far from Greensboro. The move is expected to create 115 new manufacturing jobs in the area, where workers will build Think-branded notebook and desktop PCs, tablets, engineering workstations, and servers for sale within the U.S., Lenovo said.
This is something that will likely to be well received by fans of the company. Lenovo has already been defying trends in the PC sector by growing its business and posting gains when other OEMs are struggling to figure out the landscape. Now it plans to create jobs in the U.S. at at time when outsourcing is all the rage.
"Lenovo is establishing a U.S. manufacturing base because we believe in the long-term strength of the American PC market and our own growth opportunities here," said Yuanqing Yang, chairman and CEO, Lenovo. "As Lenovo expands globally, we are establishing even deeper roots in each major market. In addition to localized sales and marketing teams, in our major countries we are establishing an even stronger manufacturing footprint, investing in R&D and ensuring that we hire top local talent. This global reach with local excellence helps us become even faster, more innovative and more responsive to our customers around the world."
The U.S. plant is currently under construction and, barring any unforeseen setbacks, is scheduled to open sometime in 2013. Hiring for the facility will take place later this year.