Dell computer has officially opened what it calls its largest, most advanced manufacturing plant in North Carolina, a move meant to underscore the company’s commitment to operating in the United States but one that has already created its share of controversy.Dell opened the 750,000-square-foot facility in Winston-Salem, N.C. yesterday, bringing to three the total number of manufacturing plants the company operates on U.S. soil. The plant opened with 300 employees, a number expected to grow to 700 within a year and 1,500 within five years.The world’s largest PC maker said it spent more than US$100 million on the plant, where OptiPlex and Dimension desktop systems will be produced.But the project could get substantially expensive if a lawsuit filed by area companies against the state and local tax breaks that Dell received is successful. Dell won nearly $300 million worth of short- and long-term tax givebacks as incentives to bring the company to North Carolina.The state of North Carolina gave Dell some $242 million in incentives — a record for any single project — while another $37 million was kicked in by the city and county where the plant is located.That suit was filed by the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional… Read full this story
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