PC manufacturer Lenovo says it is defying a trend of migrating manufacturing jobs overseas as it creates 115 new jobs in Whitsett, North Carolina.
The new facility will open early next year within the company’s existing US distribution centre, which is being expanded. Hiring for the 115 manufacturing and related positions should begin later this year.
The production line is part of the company’s “aggressive strategy to expand its in-house manufacturing capabilities around the world”, having also invested in new plants and manufacturing joint ventures in Brazil and China in the past two years.
Yuanqing Yang, chairman and chief executive of Lenovo, says: “As Lenovo expands globally, we are establishing even deeper roots in each major market. In addition to localised 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. This global reach with local excellence helps us become even faster, more innovative and more responsive to our customers around the world.”
North Carolina senator Richard Burr comments: “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.
“I am proud of Lenovo for recognising the talent and the potential here in North Carolina, and I look forward to even more growth in this sector in the years to come.”
The facility will manufacture notebook and desktop PCs as well as tablets, engineering workstations and servers for business and consumer markets.