What the Google-Lenovo Deal May Mean for Motorola's U.S. Workforce
A look at what Lenovo's ownership may mean to the workers manufacturing Motorola smartphones in the U.S.
Mon, February 03, 2014
Computerworld — Many stories speculating on what Lenovo's $2.91 billion acquisition of Google's Motorola smartphone unit means for the mobile market, for China and the U.S. and for the businesses of the two companies involved have been posted or written by reporters over the past couple of weeks.
There has been little said, though, about the future of Motorola's workforce in the U.S.
While it appears that, despite some unease, the jobs of the 4,000 or so people working at the Google unit's headquarters near Chicago are safe for the time being, Lenovo has said little about the people working for subcontractor Flextronics building Motorola smartphones in Texas. Lenovo has only said that "there are now no plans" to move the manufacturing operations.
A Computerworld Tip of the Hat to Engadget's Terrence O'Brien for his attempt late last week to translate the Lenovo statements about the future of its U.S. manufacturing workers, and to look at the company's history of building personal computers in the U.S. in What Lenovo's Motorola deal could mean for American manufacturing. He concludes that Motorola and other U.S. tech manufacturing workers can be "slightly optimistic" about their future employment possibilities.
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