Hoping to grab a share of the huge U.S. business computer market, Toshiba America announced plans Monday to begin selling two multiple-user business computers in the United States.
Both of the Toshiba machines will use the Unix operating system, an American Telephone & Telegraph software product that manages a computer's operations. One of the new machines will be manufactured at the company's plant in Irvine.
The new products initially will provide from 35 to 70 new marketing, sales and production jobs in Irvine, Toshiba officials said. "Down the road, things will grow considerably," said Leonard Feldman, a Toshiba consultant.
Toshiba America, a subsidiary of Japan's Toshiba Corp., employs 400 people in Irvine.
The products mark Toshiba's first entry into the U.S. business computer market. The company has been manufacturing and marketing laptop personal computers in the United States for several years.