ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — A shock for people working at IBM’s sprawling campus in northwest Rochester Tuesday, as IBM executives shared a decision with workers that hundreds of manufacturing jobs are moving to Guadalajara, Mexico.
IBM is a global computer giant with twelve research laboratories around the world and manufacturing and support plants and offices in dozens of countries. In recent years, there have been other such “resource actions” with the company shifting jobs to China, India or other parts of its “smarter planet.” The new initiative appears to be directly related to IBM’s strategy to stretch its concepts of cloud computing to small and medium-sized businesses in emerging markets around the globe.
Because the creation, manufacture and support of the eServer iSeries and pSeries lines has its roots deep inside the massive IBM Rochester facility, this shift may signal a significant change. Recent IBM descriptions of itself and its Rochester organization allude to 4,400 employees aligned with 30 different IBM organizational units inside the high-security complex. But it has become impossible to verify the accuracy of this summary since a wave of change inside IBM the past four years.
Scott Cook, an IBM spokesman based in Chicago, confirmed the Rochester cuts to KTTC NewsCenter and says the decisions announced Tuesday are simply about creating the “best possible infrastructure” for the company.