Dell Finally Shuts Down Forsyth County Computer Plant

Nov 22nd, 2010
by Elizabeth Lincicome


RALEIGH, NOVEMBER 22, 2010- Computer maker Dell Inc. announced today it has shut down its 750,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Forsyth County. The Winston-Salem Journal reported the company has closed its production line after a six-year period during which Dell failed to deliver on the economic promises it originally agreed to.


“We regret the loss of any business based in North Carolina but the Dell story is the epitome of our state's failed targeted incentives policy,” said NCICL’s Executive Director and Senior Counsel Justice Robert F. Orr. “After all the PR surrounding the millions in incentives offered to Dell and those warm 'Welcome Dell' signs all over Forsyth County several years ago, Dell's departure indicates how unimportant incentives are when it comes to corporate heads making business decisions. The signs should now read: Adios North Carolina - we're off to Mexico.” 


In 2004, local, state, and economic development officials promised Dell more than $300 million in state and local incentives to lure the company to the region.


Founded in 2003, the Raleigh-based NCICL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, non-partisan organization devoted to educating the public, bar, and policymakers about constitutional issues, particularly economic and related issues, both national and in North Carolina and, when appropriate, litigating such constitutional issues. 




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