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In the spirit of Independence Day, we are highlighting the benefits of American-made IT hardware.
Most people believe that all IT hardware is made in China now. We are happy to say that this statement is not entirely true. Some computer makers have opted to assemble, or outright manufacture components for their systems in America.
This is good news for the American economy, for our IT workers, for our supply chains, and for our businesses. Let's illustrate why, so you can see the direct benefits of buying & using computers with made-in-America components.
(This is a follow-up to our 2014 article, "Where IT Hardware is Made and Why It's Important")
The Value in Making Computers & Computer Components in the USA
American-made components offer three major advantages to every business.
- You minimize security issues & practice good Cyber Fu. Keep your IT stable & working properly, without adding additional risk of cyberattacks or spying.
- You support the American economy and your fellow IT workers.
- You help protect the environment. Buying American-made components means they only have to travel across land. Not only does this shorten supply chains by eliminating the 6-8 week wait for cargo ships (the world's worst polluters), it negates the chance
of containers spilling into the ocean!
You may think it'll cost a lot more to "buy American" for your computers. Again, not entirely true. From our procurement experience, the pricing difference is small; sometimes it's not even there.
How? Two reasons: You avoid tariffs, and you're taking advantage of a shorter supply chain. This brings prices down and reduces the environmental impact for product delivery.
We compiled a list of computer brands that either manufacture components, and/or assemble complete systems, in American facilities.
But first, let's clarify an important difference in terms.
The Difference Between Computers "Manufactured in America" and Computers "Assembled in the U.S."
On some computers and mobile devices, you often see ID tags and reference stickers marked with "Assembled in the U.S."
If a hardware brand says it "assembles" their computers in America, it doesn't mean it made the components here. Only that it took components made in another country and assembled the computer here.
Assembling computers in the U.S. is a start, but saying you "manufacture" them in America, now that's better.
Here's an example. The U.S. Government requires that computers used for governmental purposes be made in the USA. They buy a lot of Dell hardware as a result. Dell assembles some of the hardware in the USA, but its components are not originally manufactured
With the other brands listed below, we could close this loophole.
3 Computer Hardware Brands Manufacturing Their Components in America
Now, let's highlight three brands who DO make some of their components here.
|INTEL. The world's largest CPU maker, Intel maintains several American facilities. It manufactures microprocessor wafers in U.S. fabrication plants in Chandler, AZ (makes 14 nm and 32 nm microprocessors), Hudson, MA (makes
22nm microprocessors), and Rio Rancho, NM (makes 32 nm microprocessors). |
A Hillsboro, Oregon plant makes development wafers for microprocessors & storage technology.
|SUPERMICRO. A major enterprise server hardware manufacturer. SuperMicro assembles its servers at facilities in San Jose & Fremont, CA.|
Motherboard production has been in China and Taiwan until recently, when
they moved out of China to alleviate spying concerns. They transferred the manufacturing
processes conducted there to facilities in Taiwan and San Jose. An admirable move.
TRENTON. A rugged server manufacturer based in Georgia. They actually design, manufacture, assemble/integrate, test, and support their ruggedized computers entirely
in the U.S.! Their website is TrentonSystems.com.
3 Computer Brands Assembling Laptops & Servers in America
Assembling computers here isn't as helpful to the American economy as manufacturing them here, but it does provide some good jobs. Three easily-recognizable brands assemble computers here.
|HP. HP has at least two U.S. assembly plants for its computers. A facility near Indianapolis assembles HP laptops and commercial desktop PCs. A Texas facility near Houston assembles HPE ProLiant servers. |
DELL. Dell builds its servers in an Austin, TX plant. It used to assemble all of its desktop & laptop computers in the U.S. as well. However, in recent years it's spread laptop production to several facilities worldwide,
from Mexico to Ireland.
LENOVO. In our experience, the most reliable PC laptop brand. Lenovo has a plant in North Carolina where it assembles some of its ThinkPad laptops.
They also manufacture the SR630 ThinkSystem rack
servers in Monterey, New Mexico. We ordered one such server for a customer's network in 2019—which allowed us to confirm its point of origin!
If you're wondering where to buy a "Made in USA Laptop," Dell and Lenovo are the closest you'll get right now. You can definitely find components made 100% in the USA though...keep reading!
The Most Common Made-in-America Computer Part: Memory
Every computer has memory (also called RAM or DRAM). Someone has to make that memory. The process is not as involved as making a microprocessor. The component also has greater application—laptops, phones, tablets, IoT, USB flash drives, etc.
As a result, more brands choose to manufacture their memory chips here in the U.S.
As IT professionals, we love this practice for one critical reason: All data in a computer flows through its memory. If your memory has a backdoor (or malware running), that chip becomes a silent 24-hour data leak.
These are the memory manufacturers running in the U.S. (source: NewEgg Business):
How You Can Get American-Made Computers and Components for Your Business
Now it's easier to get computer components "Made in America." Before your next IT order, ask your hardware procurement team or IT consultant to order parts from the brands listed above.
PlanetMagpie sources all of these through our hardware procurement channels. They all stock components from said brands, and have desktops, laptops, servers, and some mobile devices readily available.
We hope this article makes it easy to get the computers you need, and support the American economy at the same time.
Need help sourcing IT hardware for your business? Visit our Hardware Procurement page for
Did we miss any computers or components that are made in the USA? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.