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Lenovo Opens its First Manufacturing Line in the USA

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Lenovo is now manufacturing PCs in North Carolina, creating 115 new local jobs. Go Lenovo go!

Lenovo announced it has launched its first U.S.-based personal computer production facility in Whitsett, N.C. Awesome.

For those who live in the Tar Heel state, the new plant located in Whitsett, which has a population of about 598 people, nestles between Greensboro and Burlington, and is around 52 miles west from the company's main U.S.-based headquarters in Morrisville/Raleigh. The new factory has added 115 new jobs for local workers, and is fully expected to ramp up its PC production by the end of June.

"Lenovo’s bold move to develop the long-term strength of the American PC market defies the decades-old trend of US electronics firms relying on overseas facilities for manufacturing and other outsourced functions," the company said. "The 240,000-square-foot Whitsett facility, located approximately 10 miles east of Greensboro, serves four critical business functions: Logistics Center, Customer Solutions Center, National Returns Center, and now U.S. Manufacturing Production."

Lenovo's new U.S.-based PC manufacturing line actually began operations in January 2013. It's capable of producing the ThinkCentre M92p Tiny desktop, ThinkPad Tablet 2, ThinkPad Helix convertible ultrabook and more. The company says the new PC manufacturing plant arms it to deliver products with even greater efficiency and reliability. We're just glad to see the company bring jobs to the States rather than send manufacturing overseas.

"Currently, Lenovo’s operations are estimated to positively increase state output by more than $1 billion, as reported by the recent economic contribution analysis from the North Carolina Department of Commerce," Lenovo said. "Lenovo plans to continue its focus on driving product innovation, investing in the U.S. market and supporting business growth in North Carolina now and in the future."

As part of the grand opening, Lenovo donated and presented thirty-six ThinkCentre Desktops made in Whitsett to the Greensboro YMCA to be used for youth development and education programs. 

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    house70 , June 14, 2013 8:18 AM
    Wow. They're fresh in the US and already manufacturing here more products than Apple.
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    Parsian , June 14, 2013 9:51 AM
    it is funny how US products went from "Designed and Made in USA" to "Designed in USA and Assembled in China" to "Made in China" to "Designed in China and Assembled in USA"....
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    Avus , June 14, 2013 11:57 AM
    115 Americans welcome their Chinese overlord...
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    nuvon , June 14, 2013 3:12 PM
    Wonder if things will change once they deal with union workers in America, or Western World in general.
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    Mike Friesen , June 14, 2013 4:46 PM
    Hmm... This is a good comment... AN ERROR HAS OCCURED!! Why tom's why??
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    nebun , June 14, 2013 5:15 PM
    correction.....the word should be assembling not manufacturing....there is a big difference....
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    BuyDirectUSA , June 14, 2013 5:24 PM
    Lenovo is owned in part by the PRC last time I checked. Headline should read: The Peoples Republic of China & Lenovo sets up its first assembly plant in NC. The components are made in China, shipped to NC and put together there. Are we so desperate for jobs now that we are willing to allow US citizens work in part with the PRC?
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    BuyDirectUSA , June 14, 2013 5:25 PM
    Lenovo is owned in part by the PRC last time I checked. Headline should read: The Peoples Republic of China & Lenovo sets up its first assembly plant in NC. The components are made in China, shipped to NC and put together there. Are we so desperate for jobs now that we are willing to allow US citizens work in part with the PRC?
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    BuyDirectUSA , June 14, 2013 5:27 PM
    Lenovo is owned in part by the PRC last time I checked. Headline should read: The Peoples Republic of China & Lenovo sets up its first assembly plant in NC. The components are made in China, shipped to NC and put together there. Are we so desperate for jobs now that we are willing to allow US citizens work in part with the PRC?
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    xkm1948 , June 14, 2013 5:39 PM
    I wonder how many green card did they offer to the relatives of Lenovo's communist managers. Chinese buying themselves into US while US companies keep outsourcing all the jobs to China. Lovely.
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    xkm1948 , June 14, 2013 5:43 PM
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    Wonder if things will change once they deal with union workers in America, or Western World in general.


    Nah. The Chinese are just trying to find a legal way to smuggle their offsprings into US. I heard those rich chinese communist officials LOVE western style of life. :D 
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    andre_888 , June 14, 2013 6:56 PM
    @xkm1948

    It doesn't sound like you have many friends... 1 in 7 on this planet are Chinese. Things are much brighter in China than they are here in North America.
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    aonor , June 14, 2013 9:28 PM
    Strange how a Chinese electronics company opens a factory in America before an American one, like Apple.
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    Anonymous , June 15, 2013 5:58 AM
    Glad to see Lenovo beating Apple to the punch on American manufacturing of some of their products. In the end Apple is a nice company world wide and Lenovo has a far greater sales reach in raw numbers of units sold. Its nice to see both Apple and Lenovo doing more in America. Since Apple has its majority of sales with US customers. It wold be nice if they could bring far more of that home to its manufacturing in the US. I still consider Apple a tax dodger and maybe their products are designed in the US. The majority of their products will still be made in China. Mch of what we are seeing in Lenovo, Apple and the rest is a marketing oportunity to make consumers think they are buying American.
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    beoza , June 15, 2013 9:50 AM
    Kind of sad when you see foreign companies dumping massive amounts of money into the US when our own home grown companies are leaving. Don't get me wrong I like seeing companies like Samsung and Lenovo creating jobs and investing billions of dollars into local economies especially since US companies won't. A lot of it has to do with import duties, it's cheaper to ship the individual components here and assemble the final product than ship the final product here. Just look at car companies, Toyota, Subaru and Hyundai all have plants here because it's cheaper to ship the parts than the whole car, same goes for tech companies. And most Americans are just happy to have a job, I'm lucky to live in one of the few states that's doing well economically and companies are hiring. Most states are not doing so well and people need jobs, 115 people can support themselves and their families.