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Microsoft moves US jobs to China

by on20 July 2017

Global outsourcing is continuing to Make America grate again

While the US right wing press has been claiming that Donald Trump is bringing jobs back to America, it is starting to look like this is all spin.

We have already pointed out that most of the IT projects touted by Trump were on the drawing board for ages, but it seems that in the meantime global outsourcing in the IT industry is continuing.

Just two years ago, Microsoft cast its Wilsonville factory as the harbinger of a new era in American technology manufacturing.

The tech giant told the world that each of its Surface Hubs’ were "Manufactured in Portland, OR, USA”.

It invited The New York Times and Fast Company magazine to tour the plant in 2015, then hired more than 100 people to make the enormous, $22,000 touch-screen computer. You would expect that in Trump’s “make America great” world such an enterprise would remain where it can be made greater right?

Last week Microsoft summoned its Wilsonville employees to an early morning meeting and announced it will close the factory and lay off 124 employees - nearly everyone at the site -  plus dozens of contract workers.

Panos Panay, the vice president in charge of the Surface product group, travelled from corporate headquarters in Redmond, Washington and told staff that Microsoft was moving production to the same place it makes all other Surface products – in other words, China.

The company hasn't explained, in public or to its Wilsonville employees, why it gave up on domestic manufacturing so quickly when America was supposed to be such a great place for manufacturing these days.

Last modified on 20 July 2017
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