Lenovo Group, a China-based PC maker, has celebrated the opening of its first U.S.-based manufacturing operation in North Carolina, ABC News reports.
The facility, which opened in January inside an existing distribution center in Whitsett, will produce ThinkPad laptops, commercial desktop computers and, by the end of the year, tablets and servers, according to Jay Parker, president of Lenovo North America, in an interview with ABC News. Production is expected to ramp up by several hundred thousand units per year, he said.
The rest of the approximately 7 million Lenovo devices sold each year in the U.S. and Canada will continue to be shipped from factories in Mexico, China and elsewhere, Parker continued. He added that U.S. production means faster product delivery for customers and it allows Lenovo to be able to wait until late in the production cycle before customizing devices.