Texas plant to make first US-assembled smartphones

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Associated Press

Posted on August 1, 2013 at 8:17 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Cellphone pioneer Motorola is opening a Texas manufacturing facility that will create 2,000 new jobs and produce the first smartphone ever assembled in the U.S.

Motorola Mobility announced late Wednesday it will produce its new flagship device, Moto X, in Fort Worth.

Republican Gov. Rick Perry says it's great news for Texas. His office oversees special incentives to attract job-creating businesses, but it didn't distribute any money to close this deal.

The factory will be owned and run by Flextronics International Ltd., a Singapore-based contract electronics manufacturer that has had a long relationship with Motorola.

Motorola spokesman Will Moss said the Fort Worth location was once occupied by Nokia and is ideal because it was already designed for mobile device production. Motorola is owned by Google.

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