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Computer parts and hardware predominantly come from Southeast Asia—places like Malaysia, Indonesia, and Taiwan known for heavy industry and large scale mass production. Believe it or not, there are computers and even hardware components manufactured right here in the USA.

This isn’t the thousands of enthusiasts building computers in the United States here. Nor is it the niche industry of boutique PC builders that put together high-end custom workstations. We’re talking about major OEMs with US facilities for putting together computers on US soil. Granted, all are assembling computers in the U.S. using parts imported from Asia, Europe, or Latin America.

A US Trade Commission paper from 2014 identifies a few notable assembly locations for U.S.-built computers.

  • Apple assembles its Mac Pro desktop line at a manufacturing facility in Austin, Texas. This line of Intel Xeon-based workstation and server computers are geared toward content creators, which Apple produces in comparatively small runs. The Mac Pro (2013) is set for a refresh in early 2019 Apple announced last April.
  • Lenovo also assembles ThinkPad and ThinkCentre computers at a Whitsett, North Carolina manufacturing plant. The Chinese company opened this facility in 2012 for faster shipping to its US consumer base.
  • HP has at least two stateside assembly plants for its computers. A facility near Indianapolis assembles HP workstations and commercial desktop PCs. A Texas facility near Houston assembles HPE ProLiant servers.

Bear in mind that computers assembled in the U.S. are comprised of components shipped in from all over the world. Unless you custom-fabricate your own circuitry, it is next to impossible to build a PC exclusively sourced from North America. The mainstream supply chain for parts and components is predominantly of Asian origination. This is why the cost of finished systems and computer prices are affected by US tariffs on China even if some assembly takes place domestically.

Are there any computer components made in America?

Yes, there are. However, not every part of these components is made in America. Finished components like DRAM and SSDs use domestically-produced NAND wafers. The other parts of the component—circuit boards, controllers, and assembly—are imported from around the globe, mainly China.

Several notable facilities in the U.S. that either make or finish hardware production:

  • Intel manufactures microprocessor wafers in several U.S. fabrication plants. A Chandler, Arizona facility makes 14 nm and 32 nm microprocessors. Plants in Hudson, Massachusetts and Rio Rancho, New Mexico make 22 nm and 32 nm microprocessors respectively. A Hillsboro, Oregon plant makes development wafers.
  • Micron has manufacturing facilities outside of Salt Lake City, Utah and Boise, Idaho. It shares the Utah location with IM Flash technologies, which makes flash chips for their solid-state drives. These chips end up in DRAM and SSDs produced under the Crucial brand.
  • Mushkin boasts a USA-made status on its packaging, and has a manufacturing facility outside of Austin. The company sources NAND wafers from Micron for use in Mushkin SSDs.
  • Samsung manufactures some of its NAND Flash memory chips in a $17 billion, 160-acre plant Austin, its only facility outside of Asia.
  • Patriot Memory assembles DDR RAM and USB flash drives at the company’s Fremont, California plant. It also has manufacturing facilities in Taiwan.
  • PNY Technologies manufactures DDR memory, graphics cards, and solid-state drives in a manufacturing facility in Parsippany, New Jersey that features one of the ten largest solar power installations in the US.

Beyond these semiconductors, however, there really is not much in the way of computer hardware manufactured in the United States. Are there others that I have missed? Let me know in comments about other computer hardware companies with manufacturing operations in the U.S.

This article was originally published July 2, 2015. Updated Sept. 27, 2018. 

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Born in the USA: Computer Hardware Made in America
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Born in the USA: Computer Hardware Made in America
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Are there any computers and hardware components made in America? A rundown of tech companies with US-based manufacturing.
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Adam Lovinus

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A tech writer and Raspberry Pi enthusiast from Orange County, California.

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Join the discussion 24 Comments

  • Popcorn Colonel says:

    Unicomp manufactures and produces keyboards for IBM IN Kentucky. They are a bit more pricey, but it’s worth it to support the US economy.

  • devekko says:

    I’d be interested in an update on this article considering the current political climate from DC

  • devekko says:

    thanks Adam, I am doing some research also, I actually think its going to be impossible, which is a crazy thing imho http://blog.devekko.com/open-source-hardware-personal-computer-made-silicon-valley-usa/

    • Adam Lovinus says:

      I’ve been trying to do a mock-build of a PC made from US-fabricated parts. I asked around the PM team at Newegg, and I’ve learned getting a US made motherboard is basically unheard of in the components game. Find anything on your end?

  • Greg Cook says:

    Any action on this front? Given some of the ZTE and Huwei Revelations, idI like to find a PC made somewhere other than China.

  • Margaret Harris says:

    Thanks with all the media talk about the tarifs put on imports from China I’ve found your site helpful to prove that not everything built is just China made

  • Natalie W says:

    I would be interested to know if you have any updates on this.

  • Ben says:

    We need to get back into making components in the USA. China cannot be trusted, especially after revelations like the article here: China used a tiny chip in a huge hack that infiltrated Apple and Amazon https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-04/the-big-hack-how-china-used-a-tiny-chip-to-infiltrate-america-s-top-companies

  • NoNuabiz says:

    It looks like the US needs to start manufacture all major computer components for computers and servers as the latest news out is that China is putting spy chips on computer boards.

  • Please consider adding Trenton Systems to this list. We design, manufacture, assemble, integrate, and support our rugged, high-performance computers right out of Lawrenceville, GA. We are the only company, as far as I am aware, that actually MAKES our own processor boards, backplanes, motherboards, and chassis right here in the USA.

  • Benjy McDannell says:

    I used to make Ram sticks of memory and put then together under a microscope for a company called Amp Incorporated in Abbitstown Pa. BUT THEY Closed down around 2003. I WORKED There back in 1994. Back when No one was on the internet .

  • US made motherboard by Trenton systems
    New Egg should do a series of articles of building a tricked out machine using Trenton’s ecosystem
    https://www.trentonsystems.com/ssp8268-motherboard

  • Jim says:

    Just bought a Trenton Systems Mini PC. It’s only and 1-1/2″ Thick x 7″W x8″L. Brand new product. It’s just the computer and nothing else. I wanted a 100% made in USA computer and this fit the bill. They deal primarily with servers which are of military grade but came out with this. Price was $2,718.00. We’ll see how it works over time. I’m no geek or techno wizard, but I was looking to keep my money in the US. I wish I could find power tools made here as well. I told them they should make those too as well as a laptop! I’m sick of the China junk and us funding our sworn enemy. At the very least, we should only do business with our allies, not help to build our own destruction just to save money!

    • J says:

      I found my way here looking for Flash drives not made in china. Every flash drive search on Amazon led me to “china” in the customer Q&A section. PNY, Lexar, Samsung. What do I do, not buy tech anymore? I can’t even find a leather belt from the clothing store not made in china! We’re funding communism and it has to stop immediately. Where are the websites that we can easily filter out china, rather than spend hours doing it ourselves?

  • Ron Keppler says:

    Geez… re: PCs, laptops etc. it’s time for American business to make the shift to totally American made and assembled … that’s what has to happen… better sooner not later … get with the program boys and girls.

  • Ling Ling says:

    I’ve been trying for a month to find laptop not made in China. Here is my path. I called Costco and asked them if they can search up a laptop that’s not made in China (knowing some parts must be from China), they gave me two models of HP. So, I bought a higher end one which costs $1,499. It arrived 3 days ago. When I used my cutter trying to open the box, I saw “Made in China”! So, I made a special trip the next day to return and flipped every single laptop in Costco to check the country of origin. All of them are made in China. And on the same trip, I went to Best Buy. I asked the staff if they have any laptop that’s not made in China. He said all chips are made in China anyway. Of course I know that’s not true statement. But I don’t want to argue with someone trying to defend China. I said there is always 50, 60% rule whatever that is. As long as the box did not say made in China, I can live with it. Still no luck… Then I called Apple know that may be my last hope. They have MacBook Pro assembled in Austin, TX. Unfortunately I can’t talk my son over to get a MacBook as his classmate and daddy said MacBook is slow. So, I chat online with Samsung rep. I asked the same question if they have any laptop that’s not made in China. His answer was ALL laptop will be made in China and there is nothing wrong about it. I politely replied him “just my preference”. I then complained to Samsung that they just lost a customer. They should not take position to defend a communist country. You see how deep our country is going to defend “socialism” – a decorative term for “communism”? I then talked to Dell. Dell said all of their laptops are made in China except TAA compliant computers for US government. So, I am out of solution. Now, I am turning to custom solution like Eluktronics and Falcon knowing that some components may still be made in China but this is the best bet I can have unless the laborer is not from China. I heard China can’t make motherboard and they can’t make chips, they should be mostly made in Taiwan. And nNivia should be made in Taiwan. The worst case is the case. By the way, Taiwan is not China.

  • Liz says:

    Are there any external hard drives made in the USA compatible with Apple products?

  • Patrick Fallon says:

    Are there any USB 3.0 port hubs not made in China? We are struggling to find many manufactured goods not made by the evil communist.

    We do not support the tyrannical Godless communist Chinese government. They literally murder millions of their own people annually., as well as send equal numbers to concentration and forced labor camps, and forcibly wrest hundreds of thousands of children from their families to forever send them to “re-education schools” to learn to be brainwashed good commies, devoid of the nurturing (or contrary) influence of their parents, among MANY other atrocities. They are certainly one of the most evil countries to ever curse mankind, if not the worse. (I assume their treacherous evil is far from over…)

    Moreover, their products are often made by slave labor and grossly inferior. We routinely return their pathetic quality-challenged fare.

    Given their recent acts of war against our country and the entire globe, we can no longer in good conscious enrich these deceitful, oppressive and murderous despots. Any advice on how to avoid buying all things China until America can be turned around would be greatly appreciated. Today however, we are seeking a USB 3.0 port hubs…

    God bless America!

    Thanks!

    • Nathanael Rankin says:

      Well said, Patrick! keep up the good work. My wife and I quit buying from china as much as we could last year and intend to continue.

  • Pat Salzmann says:

    Thank you for addressing this question. I never really checked where things were coming from til last year. It’s even hard to find Dog food made in the USA.

  • Mark says:

    Win Systems builds all their own Intel based PCs in Texas…ARM products too… They’re intended for industrial applications so they’re not the cheapest but they are excellent. see http://www.winsystems.com

  • george shores says:

    i have been looking for a american made computer for awhile now, i have an apple, but don’t want chinese made goods

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