3 posts categorized "Electronics"

06/02/2014

First phase of Motorola Mobility layoffs set for August

Flextronics, which operates the Motorola Mobility smartphone assembly plant at Alliance in Fort Worth that will close by year's end, will begin laying off its employees on or about Aug. 1, it says in a notice to the state. Layoffs are expected to be complete by January 2015. The company said 223 of its employees will be affected by the site's closing.

When Motorola Mobility said on Friday that it intended to  shutter the facility, it indicated that about 700 people were working at the 450,000-square-foot plant, down from a high of about 3,500. According to past news reports, a recruiting and staffing services firm, Aerotek, did significant hiring for Flextronics.

Disappointing sales of Motorola's Moto X smartphone, assembled at the plant, led to the move, company officials said Friday. The Fort Worth factory went into full-scale production in August 2013 and held an official opening in September, an affair that was attended by  Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google, which owns Motorola. Goggle bought Motorola Mobility in 2012 and in January agreed to sell the handset maker to Beijing-based Lenovo.

-- Jim Fuquay

06/19/2013

Motorola Mobility teams with Texas A&M and seven other U.S. schools

Motorola Mobility, which on May 29 announced plans to employ 2,000 people to build a smartphone at an Alliance development facility in north Fort Worth, says it is collaborating with eight U.S. universities in an effort to streamline new joint research projects and boost cooperation. Texas A&M is the only Texas school in the group, which also includes Stanford and MIT. The company will participate in the consortium through its  Advanced Technology And Projects group. Motorola Mobility, a Google company, said the Multi-University Research Agreement will let  ATAP and the schools to engage in research projects "in less than 30 days, rather than the several months that traditional sponsored research agreements can often take to establish."

-- Jim Fuquay

02/04/2013

Allied Electronics recognized for customer service

Fort Worth-based Allied Electronics was voted by readers of Automation World as part of the magazine's Leadership in Automation Program for "outstanding examples of innovation and service." Allied has its offices in the Riverbend business park off Northeast Loop 820. Its website describes the company as "a small order, high service level distributor of electronic components and electromechanical products with over 50 sales offices across the United States and Canada." It is part of England-based Electrocomponents Plc.

-- Jim Fuquay

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