Motorola Opens First U.S. Smartphone Plant In Texas

FORT WORTH (September 10, 2013)—Texas Gov. Rick Perry and top company executives attended the opening of a Fort Worth plant Tuesday where cellphone pioneer Motorola will produce the first smartphone ever assembled in the U.S.

Motorola is owned by Google, whose Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, was on hand Tuesday, as was Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside.

Motorola will produce its new flagship device, Moto X, there, creating 2,000 jobs.

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

The Fort Worth location was once occupied by a Nokia plant, making repurposing it easy.

Perry administers two incentive funds meant to attract job-creating businesses to Texas, but Motorola didn't get money from those funds for this deal.

"Flextronics and Motorola could have put this facility anywhere in the world, but they chose Texas," he said Tuesday.

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