GREENSBORO, April 17, 2008 – Lenovo today highlighted economic investment and job creation in the North Carolina community of Whitsett, as the company celebrated the grand opening of its first fulfillment center in the United States. This newly built facility will initially employ about 160 people, cost $10 million to build, and will serve Lenovo’s customers throughout North America. Work done at this 200,000 square foot facility will include light product assembly, custom imaging and other product configurations; distribution services, logistics and additional value-added services.
“I am delighted to welcome Lenovo to the Greensboro area,” said Dan Lynch, president of the Greensboro Economic Development Alliance. “A leading global PC maker, Lenovo is already playing a key part in our strategy to grow jobs locally in the fast-growing technology sector.”
With its executive headquarters located nearby in Morrisville, North Carolina, Lenovo earlier this year entered the fast-growing worldwide consumer PC market, introducing a new brand of notebook PCs, the IdeaPad. A couple of weeks ago, Lenovo took the notebook PC industry by storm, introducing its highly acclaimed ThinkPad X300, the lightest ThinkPad ever made. And just last month, Lenovo beefed up its desktop PC lineup with an environmental focus by launching its “greenest” PC ever: the M57/M57P Eco.
“Lenovo is committed to North Carolina, and we are pleased to be bringing jobs and economic investment to Guilford County,” said Gerry Smith, senior vice president,Global Supply Chain, Lenovo. “Our new fulfillment center will help us enhance our competitiveness, help us deliver products to our customers in North America faster, and help us address a growing local demand for customized Lenovo products.”
Today’s fulfillment center announcement extends Lenovo’s global manufacturing footprint to four continents and five countries. In addition to building a new manufacturing facility in Monterrey, Mexico, to support the Americas market, Lenovo has invested in other vital markets worldwide including: Shanghai, China; India and Poland.