According to a breaking news report from the Post-Bulletin, a local newspaper in Rochester, Minnesota, "IBM is moving the bulk of its manufacturing off of the Rochester campus and to Mexico and New York."
POWER IT Pro was able to talk to Scott Cook, an IBM spokesperson, who noted, "The reality is, we constantly evaluate our operations, and we look at the best possible infrastructure to maximize our competitiveness in a global market . . . and this is one of the ways we can do that."
In addition, here's a few interesting bullet points about the shift:
- IBM announced the plans to employees internally just yesterday.
- IBM already has a facility in Guadalajara, where System x and some storage solutions, as well as custom solutions, are built.
- Cook says it's important to remember that the IBM Rochester facility isn't just a manufacturing plant, it's a technology center that represents and touches nearly every part of the IBM portfolio -- research, design, prototyping -- and it's still a customer solution center, too.
- The move is in the early planning stages; IBM won't begin transferring anything until later this year, and it's not slated for completion until mid 2014.