(MORRISVILLE, N.C.) — While many PC companies have their headquarters in the U.S. — HP, Apple and Dell, for example — they build the computers overseas, primarily in China. Lenovo is going the other way, creating a PC production line in the U.S.
After two decides of making computers and other gadgets overseas, Lenovo will start making hardware in early 2013 in Whitsett, N.C., near the company’s U.S. headquarters.
“I am very excited about this for two reasons,” David Schmoock, president of Lenovo North America, told ABC News. “The first is that this is the right time to bring manufacturing back to the U.S. The second is that we will be able to provide something different than what our competitors do.”
Lenovo will make some of its newest products at the new assembly line, including the ThinkCentre M92p desktop and the ThinkPad Tablet 2 with Windows 8. While many of the core components — RAM, hard drives, displays, etc. — in the laptop will be made overseas, Schmoock said the company is hoping to source more components locally over time.
“We believe local manufacturing is a strategic advantage and we want to do as much local sourcing as we can too,” he said in an interview.
The manufacturing line is in the process of being built and is scheduled to open its doors in January 2013. The company will begin hiring for the 115 manufacturing jobs later this year, but Schmoock says that is just the start for the jobs this could create.
“I am bullish on this and I expect that it will grow over time. This is just the first phase.”
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