Lenovo believes in the "long-term strength of the American PC market" explained Yuanqing Yang, CEO of Lenovo, as the company announced it was setting up shop in Whitsett, N.C.
The plant, which will employ 115, will build Think-branded notebook and desktop PCs, tablets, engineering workstations and servers for sale to domestic businesses, government and education customers, as well as consumers.
“As Lenovo expands globally, we are establishing even deeper roots in each major market,” Yang added. “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.”
The new U.S. PC manufacturing line currently is under construction and scheduled to open early in 2013. It will reside within Lenovo’s recently expanded 240,000-square-foot U.S. distribution center in Whitsett, N.C., approximately 10 miles east of Greensboro.
The company said it believes that having a manufacturing capability in the U.S. can provide the capability to deliver products to customers even more quickly and reliably in many situations, while offering an even broader and more valuable set of PC-related services.
“The trend lately has been for manufacturing jobs to be created abroad, but some of the brightest and best trained talent in these high-tech fields can be found right here in America, “ said Senator Richard Burr.
The company said that its U.S. PC production line is the latest investment in its strategy to expand its in-house manufacturing capabilities around the world, which the company believes will speed product innovation and support rapid business growth.
Over the past two years, Lenovo has invested in new plants and manufacturing joint ventures in China, Brazil to produce PCs and smartphones.