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Tip of the Hat: 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.

By Mike Bucken
February 3, 2014 03:10 PM ET

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.

Tip of the hat

There has been little said, though, about the future of Motorola's workforce in the U.S.

While it appears that the jobs of the 4,000 or so people working at the Google unit's headquarters near Chicago are safe for now, 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 PCs in the U.S. in What Lenovo's Motorola deal could mean for American manufacturing. He concludes that Motorola and other U.S. tech manufacuring workers can be "slightly optimistic" about their future employment possibilities.

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