PC Maker Lenovo Celebrates its First U.S. Manufacturing Operation
Issue: June 2013, Posted Date: 6/9/2013
It may be a small win for the United States, but it's a win nonetheless.
Lenovo earlier this month held a grand-opening ceremony for its first U.S. manufacturing operation—in Whitsett, N.C.—and said it is on track to hire 115 workers at the facility by the end of June.
Beijing-based Lenovo, the world's second-largest PC maker behind Hewlett-Packard, said it opened the manufacturing line inside its existing logistics and returns center in Whitsett to satisfy surging demand for its products in the United States.
"Lenovo has achieved record growth and market share in the U.S. PC market, and the Whitsett manufacturing facility will enable us to further expand our presence here," Lenovo CEO Yuanqing Yang said in a news release.
"The facility is a demonstration of our commitment to and confidence in the North American market, and we see tremendous opportunities for the continued growth and development of our manufacturing footprint here in the United States."
The new manufacturing line, which began production in January, "is capable of producing some of Lenovo's newest and most innovative Think-branded products," the company said, including desktop computers, laptops and tablets.
"The new manufacturing line arms Lenovo with the capability to deliver products to customers with even greater efficiency and reliability, in addition to offering an expanded and more valuable set of PC-related services, including custom product configurations, imaging, asset tagging, bundling of products and more," the company said in a news release.
Lenovo, which acquired IBM's PC division in 2005, held a grand-opening ceremony for the Whitsett facility on June 5, with North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and other officials on hand.
"Lenovo's bold move to develop the long-term strength of the American PC market defies the decades-old trend of U.S. electronics firms relying on overseas facilities for manufacturing and other outsourced functions," the company said.