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Sneak Peek: The Fort Worth Plant Producing First Smartphones Assembled In U.S.

Fort Worth isn’t just home to the Stockyards and Sundance Square anymore. Cowtown is now home to a plant that will produce the first smartphones ever assembled in the U.S.

It’s called the Moto X and it’s Motorola’s new flagship device.

Gov. Rick Perry is speaking shortly after noon today at the grand opening of Motorola Mobility Inc.’s new manufacturing facility on Alliance Gateway Freeway. KERA’s Lauren Silverman is at the scene. She reports that the building is 455,000 square feet and that about 2,500 employees are working there.

Motorola is owned by Google, whose executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, will be on hand at the event, as will Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside.

The factory will be run by Flextronics International Ltd., a Singapore-based contract electronics manufacturer that has had a long relationship with Motorola.

The Fort Worth location was once occupied by a Nokia plant, making repurposing easy.

Lauren has passed along some photos of the facility.

Lauren Silverman was the Health, Science & Technology reporter/blogger at KERA News. She was also the primary backup host for KERA’s Think and the statewide newsmagazine  Texas Standard. In 2016, Lauren was recognized as Texas Health Journalist of the Year by the Texas Medical Association. She was part of the Peabody Award-winning team that covered Ebola for NPR in 2014. She also hosted "Surviving Ebola," a special that won Best Long Documentary honors from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI). And she's won a number of regional awards, including an honorable mention for Edward R. Murrow award (for her project “The Broken Hip”), as well as the Texas Veterans Commission’s Excellence in Media Awards in the radio category.