High Tech: You Name It, We'll Make It

FLEXTRONICS AND OTHER BIG CONTRACT MAKERS OF TECH GEAR STAND TO EMERGE FROM THE SLUMP STRONGER THAN EVER. HERE'S HOW

In the first week of September, Microsoft officials will watch proudly as the first batch of Xbox game machines begins rolling off seven 280-ft.-long assembly lines at a new industrial park outside Guadalajara, Mexico. There may not be any Frisbees flying around, but the 124 landscaped acres could be any Microsoft campus back in Washington State. There is a screening room larger than the local movie theater and a cafeteria that includes a steak grill and a sushi bar (lunch price: $3)--all crowned by a glass-and-stone headquarters. Inside Building 12, engineers are working to make sure that unlike last year's Sony...

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