No. 2 PC Maker Lenovo to Open First U.S. Manufacturing Plant

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jgottberg

Looks to me they are hedging their bets that the US econmy will decline to such a point to where the currency exchange rate will make building the PC's overseas more expensive.

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goomothesumo

As I am an NC resident, this is good news. I don't live in this immediate area but I still like to hear news of jobs being opened here in the US.

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lindethier

Good deal, I'd like to see more manufacturers doing this.

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Drew7

This is a move that would make me (possibly) switch to Lenovo, although I am totally an ASUS fan. But I would consider it in support of my country's economy... I think it's a great move, and more companies should do it.

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TechLarry

I'd be willing to bet there is one and only one reason why Lenovo is leaving Chinese soil to build computers... The Law.

There is probably a law of some sort preventing the purchase of equipment from China that is to be used in certain types of work, including secure work.

I know we have to keep another manufacturer on the purchase list because of this. Workers in that group are not allowed to use Lenovo's because of their source (China).

Don't kid yourself into thinking they are doing it without being forced to.

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Zoandar

As nice as it is to create jobs here, I have to agree with you. With all the overseas opportunity to produce electronics, (which indeed the rest of the manufacturing industry is doing) this seems unusual. There has to be a reason. Building and running this facility will surely cost more here at home. It is logical they are only doing it out of necessity.

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Justin.Kerr

Hope to see more companies do this. I know it makes me want to buy Lenovo!

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Bender2000

The plants in China employ tens of thousands of employees, this one can only manage 115? What's going on there? How many PCs are they planning on producing?

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whelderwheels613

The factory in China pays it's employees a gazillion times less than what the workers in the new plant will be paid, simply because of the differences in the cost of living, type of economy, among other factors. The production in the new facility will probably be mostly machine based meaning that the people working there will probably have little physical contact with the computers since robots are cheaper than people for manufacturing in the US.

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schwit

North Carolina is a right to work state. It would be cost prohibitive to do this in California or New York.

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Gezzer

I think that's the underlying incentive.
Sure they get some really good press out of it. But I'm sure all sorts of concessions were made at both the state and local levels.
The bigger question is, is this a trend or simply a very small portion of their manufacturing capacity that the US will see.
If the later then while in the short term it'll be nice. 115 long term jobs really aren't going to be the bootstrap the US economy needs IMHO.

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