Smartphone Manufacturers Show the Free Market at Work

June 4, 2013
Production of Motorola’s newest smartphone shows the advantages of design and production based in the U.S.

According to a recent news article, Motorola's next flagship phone, the “Moto X” will be the first smartphone assembled in the U.S.  While not all the components will be made here, the designers and engineers are based in the U.S. and assembly will be in a 500,000 square foot facility in Fort Worth, Texas.  The company estimates it will be adding 2,000 jobs by August. 

More good news: Apple will be making one of its iMac computers in the U.S. this summer, and Lenovo has already started making some to its computers in North Carolina.

Motorola enumerated some of the advantages of doing this work in the U.S. and they are exactly what we have been talking about in our meetings: rising labor costs in China, ease of design changes when the work is done here, leaner supply chain, faster response to purchasing and customer demands, and low cost energy (especially natural gas).

Please note that there was no federal stimulus money spent in creating these jobs.  A free-market environment created the right opportunities for a company to make a sound business decision.  Motorola did not expound on why Texas was chosen, but access to labor, energy, and a pro-business climate in a right-to-work state could not have hurt Texas any in the decision making process. 

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One of the country’s most informed economists, Alan Beaulieu is a principal of the ITR Economics where he serves as President. ITR predicts future economic trends with 94.7% accuracy rate and 60 years of correct calls. In his keynotes, Alan delivers clear, comprehensive action plans and tools for capitalizing on business cycle fluctuations and outperforming your competition--whether the economy is moving up, down, or in a recession.

Since 1990, he has been consulting with companies throughout the US, Europe, and Asia on how to forecast, plan, and increase their profits based on business cycle trend analysis. Alan is also the Senior Economic Advisor to NAW, Contributing Editor for INDUSTRYWEEK, and the Chief Economist for HARDI.

Alan is co-author, along with his brother Brian, of the book MAKE YOUR MOVE, and has written numerous articles on economic analysis. He makes up to 150 appearances each year, and his keynotes and seminars have helped thousands of business owners and executives capitalize on emerging trends. 

Prior to joining ITR Economics, Alan was a principal in a steel fabrication company and also in a software development company.

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