Dell Moving N.C. Plant Production To Mexico

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- Production at the North Carolina plant that Dell Inc. is closing in Winston-Salem will be moved to Mexico and other countries, according to a federal document.

The High Point Enterprise reported Friday that Dell indicated in a Trade Adjustment Assistance Act petition that the work that has been done in Winston-Salem will be given to third-party providers in Mexico and other countries.

"(Dell's) work volume is being transferred to a global manufacturing network," the petition says. "The work will be given to third-party providers who operate in Mexico and other countries around the globe."

Dell said last week it will close the plant, cutting almost one thousand jobs in North Carolina. The plant will cut 600 jobs next month and the rest in January. The petition allows workers at the Winston-Salem plant to collect additional unemployment benefits.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that the state's Rapid Response Team will meet with Dell officials Friday to discuss job-training and unemployment benefits for former employees.

North Carolina spent millions of dollars in tax breaks, cash grants and other promises to lure Dell to Winston-Salem. The company got the potentially rich deal by seeming to offer steady assembly work paying an average of $14 an hour for hundreds of dislocated furniture and tobacco workers in central North Carolina.

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