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Dell To Shutter N.C. PC Plant

10/07/2009 04:33:06 PM Eastern

Round Rock, Texas - Dell today reported it will close
its Winston-Salem, N.C., factory and lay off 905 employees.

The plant, which produced desktop computers, will
close its doors in January but will start wrapping up operations next month. The
plant closing is part of the company's long-term plan to simplify its
operations, the company said in a written statement.

"This is a difficult decision, especially for our
North Carolina colleagues, but a necessary one for Dell customers and our
company. The efforts of our team members there have been significant and we're
committed to helping them through their transition." said Frank Miller, Dell's
public business unit supply chain VP.

Desktop PC sales have steadily declined over the past
several years as laptops have become more powerful, smaller and less
expensive.