Gateway Selects Nashville As Home For New Configer-To-Order Manufacturing Facility
Facility will build configure-to-order desktops, notebooks, servers and storage arrays to meet growth needs of the company
Irvine, Calif. – Gateway, Inc. (NYSE: GTW) has selected Nashville, Tenn. as the site for a manufacturing facility that is scheduled to open by October 2006. First-year employment in the facility is expected to grow to more than 300 people with an annual payroll of about $8 million. The Nashville facility will allow the company to enhance its responsiveness to customer demands in the Business, Education, Government and Consumer market segments.
The new plant will assemble configure-to-order (CTO) desktops, notebooks, servers and storage arrays according to customer specifications, as well as provide custom integration and software imaging services. The presence of available space in Nashville, together with leveraging the infrastructure of one of Gateway’s existing suppliers, which will own a minority interest in the operation, is expected to allow for an efficient and timely start up of the facility.
“The higher-skilled, better-paying jobs that Gateway will bring to Middle Tennessee falls right in line with the type of economic opportunities we’re working to create all across the state,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “This announcement is a positive win for technology business growth in Tennessee. Gateway is a well-respected company and we believe their presence in Tennessee will not only bring our state more visibility in this arena, but will offer the company the work force and innovation required to grow and expand.”
“This facility will support Gateway’s Professional and Consumer Direct business units from an operational perspective in order to improve the entire customer experience, including quality, cost and delivery,” said Rick Snyder, Gateway’s chairman and chief executive officer.
“We want to thank Governor Bredesen and state officials in Tennessee for working with us on this important initiative. Our relationship with the State of Tennessee and its very capable workforce reinforces our commitment to providing an exceptional customer experience.”
In addition to the state of Tennessee, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce were key partners in attracting this important project.
Gateway will begin recruitment efforts for the Nashville, Tenn. facility in conjunction with the State of Tennessee’s recruiting and staff development organizations beginning the week of May 22, 2006. Qualified candidates in the areas of manufacturing; production planning, scheduling and procurement; production process engineering and staff development can obtain more information by visiting: http://www.state.tn.us/labor-wfd/mainfindajob.html.
Since its founding in 1985, Irvine, Calif.-based Gateway (NYSE: GTW) has been a technology pioneer, offering award-winning PCs and related products to consumers, businesses, government agencies and schools. Gateway is the third largest PC company in the U.S. and among the top ten worldwide. The company’s value-based eMachines brand is sold exclusively by leading retailers worldwide, while the premium Gateway line is available at major retailers, over the web and phone, and through its direct and indirect sales force. See http://www.gateway.com for more information.
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