North Carolina Economic Development Guide

2014

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offcially opened in June 2013. Sharon worked for 25 years in manufacturing — textiles, electronics and automobile parts — before being laid off in 2008. It took her two years to fnd another job assembling auto parts, but the 85-pound electric motors proved too heavy. So she started the search again, this time looking for better working conditions. Stephanie managed a cellphone store but had little opportunity 28 Assembly-line workers at Lenovo's Whitsett production plant build desktop PCs, laptops and tablets. In the future, the computer-maker could assemble its other products, including smartphones, there. for advancement. Their co-worker Curtis Richardson's story is similar. He was laid off from the manufacturing job he had before joining Lenovo. He works at the production plant during the day. At night and online, he studies industrial engineering at N.C. A&T State University in nearby No rt h C arol i Na E CoNo mi C DE v Elo p mE N t Gu iDE Greensboro. He's putting those two pieces together to build a better future for himself. "I'm not just bound by the job I currently do; I can go further." Lenovo wants to go further, too. And like many of its workers, it has done that, a piece at a time, in North Carolina. In

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