Dell still isn't ready to shut down its computer factory in Winston-Salem.
The company now plans to keep the facility open through the end of July, about three months longer than expected.
Dell notified the plant's workforce of the decision this morning. The plant employs about 400 Dell workers and an undisclosed number of contract employees.
The delay is good news for the Triad region, but it's a temporary reprieve for a factory that once was seen as a symbol of the state's evolving economy. Dell opened the factory in 2005 after state and local officials promised an incentives package worth more than $280 million. Employment at the plant peaked at about 1,100 people.
Dell announced last fall it planned to shut the plant by the end of January amid the global recession and weakening demand for desktop PCs. In December, it postponed that move to late April.
"We require the production capability for that plant for longer than we anticipated," said Dell spokesman David Frink.
The Texas company again will offer retention bonuses to workers at the Winston-Salem plant who agree to stay through July, Frink added.
Dell won't speculate about further changes for the plant's future beyond the end of July, Frink said.