Motorola to revive shuttered Nokia plant in Texas

May 30, 2013 at 2:39 PM
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RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif., May 30 (UPI) -- Motorola Mobility, the mobile phone producer owned by Google, said its Moto X phone would be produced at a factory in Texas.

The head of Motorola, Dennis Woodside, made the announcement at an All Things D conference in Southern California, The New York Times reported Thursday.

Using an assembly plant near Fort Worth would give the company a chance to "iterate and innovate much faster" than using a foreign electronics manufacturer, Woodside said.

Google appears to be imitating Apple, which said last week during the uproar over its tax dodging skills it would open an assembly plant in Texas.

But Google took the first faltering step. The Times said it expected to produce the Nexus Q home media player in California. But as the product failed to make a profit, the Made in the USA endeavor collapsed.

Motorola said its plan was to use a former Nokia plant that was once a thriving factory with 16,000 workers.

That was 15 years ago. Motorola said the plant, which is scheduled to begin production in August, would hire 2,000 workers initially.

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