Dell is done in Winston-Salem.
The company on Sunday finally stopped production at its factory that made desktop computers and opened with great fanfare in 2005.
Any further activity at the 750,000-square-foot plant would be “part of the exiting and shut-down work required,” Dell spokesman David Frink told the Winston-Salem Journal. He would not give a final closing date.
Dell first announced a year ago that it planned to shut the plant but repeatedly delayed the move to meet increasing demand. Dell announced on Sept. 10 that it would close the plant this month.
State and local officials had promised Dell an incentives package worth more than $280 million, and the factory was seen as another example of North Carolina's successful shift to a high-tech economy.
The factory was expected to employ more than 1,500 people. In May, the plant had about 400 employees plus contractors, and many were earning retention bonuses to stay on.
Last week, Dell reported quarterly results that beat Wall Street expectations, as more corporations seek to replace aging PCs and server computers.
Dell has hired real-estate broker Jones Lang LaSalle, to market its Winston-Salem facility. Simpson Schulman & Beard, a real-estate company in Greensboro, will assist.
“Dell prefers to sell the plant to a single buyer, but has expressed a willingness to be flexible for leasing it on a long-term basis,” said Chris Skibinski, the managing director of logistics and industrial properties for Jones Lang LaSalle’s Charlotte office. He said that Dell has not disclosed a sale price publicly.
There is new hope that of the lost jobs will be replaced by another project underway nearby. Caterpillar recently broke ground on a $426 million factory that is expected to create more than 500 jobs.
Read the full Winston-Salem Journal report here.