North Carolina Economic Development Guide

2013

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Lenovo has 2,100 employees in North Carolina. That includes about 160 at its $10 million fulfllment center in the Guilford County town of Whitsett, where it also is planning a manufacturing plant. Opened in 2008, it handles product confguration, distribution and returns for the eastern U.S. Its Triangle operations run the gamut from sales and branding to leasing, human resources and corporate information technology. In its latest hiring wave, Lenovo added 250 jobs at its customer-service center in the Triangle. ���People thought early on that we���d move a lot of jobs out of North Carolina,��� Looney says. ���That hasn���t happened. We���ve come a long way in a short period of time.��� The company is two years ahead on its sales and revenue strategy. Lenovo is so committed to the state that its top executives are now talking up North Carolina to other Chinese businesses. CEO Yang Yuanqing, who owns a home in the Triangle and spends a third of his time there, has emerged as a spokesman for the state, starring in a promotional video and joining the governor and Crisco during a recent recruiting trip in Asia. ���There���s no better salesman for North Carolina than Yang Yuanqing,��� Looney says. Lessons gleaned in reaching out to Chinese businesses also could be useful in uncovering opportunities in other high-growth countries. ���About 70% of our business is in emerging markets.��� Hunter believes the time is fast approaching when there will be little, if any, line of demarcation between North Carolina���s domestic and international businesses. Foreign companies are so ubiquitous in his work now that they don���t stand out much. ���It���s not unique at all to work with a German company or a Japanese company looking at this area, or hearing about the [Charlotte Regional] Partnership going to Brazil or seeing the governor traveling to China. I���m personally not surprised at all. The drive toward a global economy has hit full force.��� North Carolina EDG For 50 years Southern Industrial Constructors has helped build the industrial base that fueled the growth across the Southeast. > Industrial Constructors > Plant Installation & Relocations > Riggers & Machinery Movers > Millwrights & Precision Alignment > Electrical Constructors > Industrial Piping Constructors > Concrete Constructors > Plant Maintenance > Steel Fabricators & Erectors > Crane Services 919.782.4600 www.southernindustrial.com Raleigh ��� Wilmington ��� Charlotte ��� Columbia

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