CED Mentor Partner Lenovo announced Tuesday it will add 115 jobs and create a production and manufacturing plant for the "Think" line of personal computers, servers, and tablets at its distribution center in Whitsett, N.C.
Production is set to begin in early 2013, company representatives said during a news conference at Lenovo's international executive headquarters in Morrisville, N.C. Lenovo is currently the world's second-largest PC producer, and this plant represents the first U.S. production facility for the company.
Lenovo plans to create 115 jobs to the production facility. Lenovo already employs more than 2,000 people across the state of North Carolina, most of whom work out of the three-building Morrisville campus. The majority of Lenovo's operations are in China, where the company was launched. Since acquiring IBM's PC business in 2006, which was based in the Triangle, Lenovo has expanded global operations and has increased its market share in the PC market.
Gov. Bev Perdue spoke at the press conference, highlighting the decision to invest in North Carolina directly contradicts the two-decade trend of moving manufacturing jobs overseas. "Lenovo's decision to create electronic manufacturing jobs in North Carolina is a tremendous vote of confidence in the great skills and productivity of our state's workforce," she said in a statement. "We have a strong track record of commitments to education, training and economic policies that promote growth in our state's manufacturing sector."