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HP Boasts About PC Assembly in the Good Ole USA

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Computer manufacturer assembling 2.9 million PCs this year.

Following Tim Cook's confirmation of Apple shifting Mac production back into the United States, Hewlett-Packard has responded to its competitor's move.

In addition to pointing out that itself and Compaq have been manufacturing PCs since its inception, the firm stressed that it's already ahead of Apple in the race to bring more computer assembly back to the region. "Lots of noise...about Apple moving Mac production back to the U.S.... [We] wanted to offer HP's story," it said.

"HP PCs have been assembled in the U.S. since the beginning," the company said. "HP workstations and commercial desktop PCs are manufactured in Indianapolis, and HP servers are manufactured in Houston. These manufacturing facilities employ hundreds of people and produce billions of dollars' worth of products."

HP added that out of the PCs sold in the U.S., more than a third of business desktop PCs and all workstation PCs are assembled in America. It added that it'll assemble 2.9 million PCs in the region this year.

"There's a significant amount of customization...it's a higher value product than we might do in Asia. A higher level of customers that need build-to-order and close proximity," Tony Prophet, senior vice president of operations at HP, told CNET.

"We find that we are better able to serve our customers when we're closer, versus building them in China and shipping them by sea. The labor arbitrage is not really a driving factor," he added, referring to desktop production in North America and Europe. "We're marginally moving even some consumer PC [assembly] back to North America. Doing less of that in China."

Apple CEO Tim Cook had said that factories based in the U.S. will handle "some" of the Mac production that's currently being carried out in regions outside America.

HP, however, stressed that its production in the U.S. isn't limited to just personal computers. Printing components are made in Corvallis, Oregon and San Diego, California.

 

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    larkspur , December 10, 2012 5:27 PM
    I've assembled all of my PCs in the USA too. Does that mean I'm special and get a cookie?
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    dark_knight33 , December 10, 2012 5:05 PM
    This shouldn't be news, it should be the STANDARD of business for american companies. It's like Banks announcing that they no longer intend to rob you... As if that is some innovation, rather than correcting a decades long mistake.
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    dark_knight33 , December 10, 2012 5:05 PM
    This shouldn't be news, it should be the STANDARD of business for american companies. It's like Banks announcing that they no longer intend to rob you... As if that is some innovation, rather than correcting a decades long mistake.
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    cercuitspark , December 10, 2012 5:07 PM
    Go HP! I guess...
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    Camikazi , December 10, 2012 5:15 PM
    COLGeekSo what is the big deal? Just seems odd that HP has to proclaim "me, too" or "we did it first". Doesn't speak well for their relevance.Good for HP. Good for Apple. Good for the ol' USA!

    It could just be their way of saying that what Apple is doing is not new or special at all cause a lot of places seem to think it is for some reason.
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    larkspur , December 10, 2012 5:27 PM
    I've assembled all of my PCs in the USA too. Does that mean I'm special and get a cookie?
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    mcd023 , December 10, 2012 5:31 PM
    the problem is that I always have issues with hp lappy's. don't know why, but the power ports aren't that great and I find that IT type support for them is a bit of a pain. ASUS, however, I like :p .
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    kawininjazx , December 10, 2012 5:32 PM
    It's the biggest scam there is, "assembled in the US" but "built" in Asia. If Apple told people how many hundreds of millions if not billions they save on taxes by making their parts out of the US, people wouldn't be so gun-ho about them. To be fair all technology is being made out of the US, but it would be nice if they could bring it here, I'm sure many of the millions of people out of work would rather work minimum wage 60 hours a week making iPads then not making any money.
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    remc86007 , December 10, 2012 5:49 PM
    If country A designs and sells goods and, despite higher cost, moves manufacturing from country B back to country A; in the long run, will not country C design equivalents and utilize the cheaper manufacturing of country B and push country A completely out of the market?

    Seems like basic economics, or am I missing something?
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    samwelaye , December 10, 2012 5:50 PM
    kawininjazxI'm sure many of the millions of people out of work would rather work minimum wage 60 hours a week making iPads then not making any money.


    You really think so? I'd give it 6 months and there would be an "electronic assemblers labor union" and they'd screw the companies over until they move back to China... No way any large amount of americans would work 60 hours/week of minimum wage.
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    alidan , December 10, 2012 6:02 PM
    dark_knight33This shouldn't be news, it should be the STANDARD of business for american companies. It's like Banks announcing that they no longer intend to rob you... As if that is some innovation, rather than correcting a decades long mistake.


    no, with big brand computers like this, id rather them be made overseas, at least that way when they crap out enmass it looks like it was crappy asian parts, appose to crappy america manufacturing when they break due to the asinine cost cutting decisions in the psu and motherboard.

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    velocityg4 , December 10, 2012 6:38 PM
    kawininjazx...I'm sure many of the millions of people out of work would rather work minimum wage 60 hours a week making iPads then not making any money.


    Ask the union at Hostess.

    Also factory workers make over double minimum wage on average in the US.
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    neo_moco , December 10, 2012 6:42 PM
    remc86007If country A designs and sells goods and, despite higher cost, moves manufacturing from country B back to country A; in the long run, will not country C design equivalents and utilize the cheaper manufacturing of country B and push country A completely out of the market?Seems like basic economics, or am I missing something?


    Except that Country A wich in this case is apple is very overpriced and doesn`t really play basic economics because they are slowly being pushed out of the market but do you see them lowering the prices so that they can be more competitive ? No ... they are still keeping their huge margins and make their cash pile as big as possible.
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    kawininjazx , December 10, 2012 6:55 PM
    velocityg4Ask the union at Hostess.Also factory workers make over double minimum wage on average in the US.


    I am completely against the union thugs that destroy all these companies. Because the people who make PC components now don't make a ton of money, if they brought production into the US, the workers would likely only get minimum wage, but they could allow people to work up to 60 hours a week, that would be about $1740/month gross, which a couple would bring home about $2800/month easy, which they could live off of if they didn't go out to eat and pop out 9 kids.
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    MisterZ , December 10, 2012 7:33 PM
    This is a joke right? Your "Made in the USA" PC contains a CPU made in Costa Rica, a Taiwanese motherboard using Japanese capacitors, and a hard drive made in Thailand. What's American about that?
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    spentshells , December 10, 2012 7:33 PM
    dark_knight33This shouldn't be news, it should be the STANDARD of business for american companies. It's like Banks announcing that they no longer intend to rob you... As if that is some innovation, rather than correcting a decades long mistake.


    wisest thing I've heard in 2012
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    spentshells , December 10, 2012 7:34 PM
    velocityg4Ask the union at Hostess.Also factory workers make over double minimum wage on average in the US.


    sounds like you think they shouldn't
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    spentshells , December 10, 2012 7:36 PM
    remc86007If country A designs and sells goods and, despite higher cost, moves manufacturing from country B back to country A; in the long run, will not country C design equivalents and utilize the cheaper manufacturing of country B and push country A completely out of the market?Seems like basic economics, or am I missing something?


    Your missing a mind concern of being outdone isn't the reason to stop doing what your doing.

    If the product a is better than product c at the same thing then you have something to think about while knowing the answer to your question
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    spentshells , December 10, 2012 7:37 PM
    larkspurI've assembled all of my PCs in the USA too. Does that mean I'm special and get a cookie?


    if you bought parts made in USA then yes you do
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    spentshells , December 10, 2012 7:39 PM
    samwelayeYou really think so? I'd give it 6 months and there would be an "electronic assemblers labor union" and they'd screw the companies over until they move back to China... No way any large amount of americans would work 60 hours/week of minimum wage.


    By screw you mean stand up for rights as opposed to put up nets to prevent suicide?

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    spentshells , December 10, 2012 7:42 PM
    kawininjazxI am completely against the union thugs that destroy all these companies. Because the people who make PC components now don't make a ton of money, if they brought production into the US, the workers would likely only get minimum wage, but they could allow people to work up to 60 hours a week, that would be about $1740/month gross, which a couple would bring home about $2800/month easy, which they could live off of if they didn't go out to eat and pop out 9 kids.



    your an idiot that will never retire with a pension but enjoy it while you can

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