Motorola Mobility Looks to Texas to Build Moto X Phones
The mobile phone in Dennis Woodside’s hand looks like something Captain America would carry, with a cherry red back, glossy white front and thin rings of metallic blue around the side buttons and camera lens.
“There are 150 million smartphones in the U.S. today, and not one of them is built here,” said Woodside, chief executive of Libertyville-based Motorola Mobility.
The patriotically hued device is Motorola’s attempt to change that status quo and venture a comeback in a market in which it is woefully behind. Here, on a former cow pasture turned into a massive industrial park, workers at a 480,000-square-foot facility are snapping the final components into place for the Moto X, the company’s first major new product under Google ownership and, officials said, the first smartphone assembled in the U.S.