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June 7, 2013

Lenovo opens PC manufacturing line in the U.S.

Lenovo passed this along to me earlier today and thought it was worth a quick blog post. Lenovo recently just held a grand opening ceremony for its very first U.S.-based PC production facility in Whitsett, North Carolina.

Whitsett team

The facility is 240,000 square feet and just 10 miles outside of Greensboro. Until the addition of PC manufacturing, the facility was serving as a logistics center, customer solutions center and national returns center. With the addition of PC manufacturing, 115 new jobs have been added. The new U.S. PC manufacturing line began operating in January. It will produce many of the new Think-branded PCs such as the tiny ThinkCentre M92p desktop, ThinkPad Tablet 2, and ThinkPad Helix convertible Ultrabook. Lenovo is on track to be fully ramped up on production by the end of this month.

To celebrate opening the PC manufacturing line, Lenovo donated 36 ThinkCentre Desktops made in Whitsett to the Greensboro YMCA to be used for youth development and education programs.

With a lot of PC manufacturing done overseas, it is great to see OEMs like Lenovo bringing some PC manufacturing to the U.S. to help drive jobs and boost the economy, as well as enhance North America’s customer experience. Lenovo’s operations in North Carolina, including their headquarters and the manufacturing center, are estimated to positively increase output for the state by more than $1 billion, as reported by the recent economic contribution analysis from the North Carolina Department of Commerce.