Motorola has officially opened their Ft. Worth, Texas assembly facility for business, even though the building has been pumping out custom (and standard) Moto X’s for a few weeks now. In a blog post on the Motorola site, Dennis Woodside notes the challenges they faced in bringing assembly stateside.
“Conventional wisdom said it wasn’t possible” Woodside said, pointing out the facility is generating 100,000 devices weekly, but that’s not close to where they want to be. In an interview with Reuters, Woodside notes that the first stage of Motorola’s larger plan for the plant is currently in effect, and the 100,000 devices is right in their wheelhouse, for now.
While the cost of assembling devices in the USA is much higher, there are other benefits, like faster shipping. A device can be ordered, assembled, and shipped same-day, as blogger Mike Elgan recently found. Producing the device stateside also brings jobs, and Motorola is proud to note they’ve created more than 2,000 jobs, and are continually hiring.
As for the facility itself, you can view it inside and out on Google Maps. Street View offers an inside look at the facility, as Google does with many of their data centers and offices. Unfortunately, they haven’t set up real-time video so you can watch yours being assembled. That’s too bad; I was really hoping to see the look on their faces when they saw my color combination.