Computer maker Dell plans to close it’s Winston-Salem plant and lay off 905 employees, the company announced yesterday.
The 750,000-square-foot, four-year-old plant was Dell’s “most modern and efficient plant,” according to the Winston-Salem Journal. But Dell has been saying for years that laptop production can be done more economically overseas and analysts consider the plant’s closure the nail in the coffin for the company’s efforts at U.S. manufacturing, the Winston-Salem Journal said.
The closure is a particular blow to the North Carolina Triad region, which includes Greensboro and lies east of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Research Triangle region. The Triad region and state legislature arranged more than $280 million in tax incentives and other enticements to lure Dell to the region, according to the Charlotte Business Journal.
The factory was seen as the cornerstone of the regional effort to replace the dwindling job base in traditional textile and furniture manufacturing jobs with newer and more sophisticated technology jobs. The factory had employed as many as 1,400 workers earlier this year, before that number began being cut back as market demand shifted from the factory’s focus on desktop computers to laptops and other mobile devices.
Local authorities told the Charlotte Business Journal they expect the plant’s excellent condition and proximity to a FedEx facility to attract another manufacturer and technology jobs to the Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem region.
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