HP jobs in Conway not affected by strategy shift

CONWAY, AR (AP) - Hewlett Packard Co. says jobs at its service center in Conway are safe for the time being.

The company is to stop producing smartphones and tablet computers and is looking at selling its personal computer business, for which the Conway center provides user support. The Log Cabin Democrat reports that a company spokesman said Friday that HP will spend the next 12 to 18 months studying its personal computer group.

Spokesman Michael Thacker says no immediate changes are planned.

The center opened in 2010 and employs more than 1,200 workers. When HP announced it would build the center, state officials hailed the development as a sign that Arkansas is moving into the high-tech economy.

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