Tim Cook: Apple’s ‘Made in the U.S.A.’ Mac will be built in Texas

“During a Tuesday appearance before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed the state in which its Made-in-USA Mac will be manufactured: Texas,” John Paczkowski reports for AllThingsD. “‘We’re investing $100 million to build a Mac product line here in the U.S.,’ Cook said. ‘The product will be assembled in Texas, include components made in Illinois and Florida, and rely on equipment produced in Kentucky and Michigan.'”

Paczkowski reports, “Foxconn operates plants in Texas and has long handled a lot of Apple’s hardware production and assembly. Recently, the company said it was expanding its existing manufacturing operations in the U.S. to meet the needs of certain unnamed customers. Not definitive proof that Foxconn will manufacture Apple’s Made-in-USA Mac, but certainly a clear indication that it might.”

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          1. It was self-proclaimed illegal entity that was formed as result of revolt by USA’s migrant’s junta (partly because Mexico banned slavery in 1832, and those migrants wanted enslave people really badly). Once Mexico tried to throw the junta out, it was an excuse to invade and annex the Texas. In the end, those details do not change the picture.

            1. The standard tactic for discrediting anything in American history these days is to say it had its roots in, or its motivation due to slavery. It’s the new historical race card. Go read some authentic American history (not current high school text books) and get back to us.

            2. Not “everything”; as I wrote, Mexican ban of slavery was part of the reason, not the whole reason. But slavery was crucial in the South of USA, there is no way to deny that. People of the south not only revolted against Mexico once slavery was banned, but they also revolted against their own federal authorities thirty years later, when they wanted to ban the slavery in the USA, too. Confederates directly stated: “Constitution has put at rest forever all the agitating questions relating to our peculiar institutions — African slavery as it exists among us — the proper status of the negro in our form of civilization. This was the immediate cause of the late rupture and present revolution”. Those people could not live without slaves, they wanted to enslave really bad.

            3. Besides, there is no way to to state that history of any country is only bad or only good. As it is about everything, some of it is bad, some of it is good. In the earlier times many countries were bloody aggressors and invaders. This is just how the world rolled in the past. USA’s history is not all rosy, as well as history of any country. The point is that we should remember history and try to learn from it.

    1. You Apple fans drool over them spending a measly $100 Million in Texas in one year. Why not compare that to Samsung spending $12 BILLION Dollars in Texas the last 3 years. Yeah…. that includes this year with another $4 Billion this year and doesn’t include them throwing at least another $2 Billion in Apple’s Silicon Valley backyard!!!

      Now tell us who’s really more American? Samsung has their own construction company hiring Americans, using their own equipment to build buildings all over America, including the Big Apple!

      They’ve got mining operations in several states and in Texas alone they have Ad agencies and their Global Telecommunications Headquarters located near Dallas. What does Apple actually own in America? Not much, since they choose to Lease the majority of the their store property to avoid taxes all over the World. They really don’t pay much tax, because they have extremely low hard asset value way lower than even Microsoft. Which also relies on Soft Assets to claim how valuable they are! NOT!!!

      Soft assets can evaporate over night. Which is why Microsoft went from Ballooning Market Cap (that in today’s value would have exceeded Apple’s) in the late 90’s to less than half that today!

      This new factory is another low wage assembly plant of parts made in China.. Not the good ole USA! But…… even building an assembly plant would cost more than a piddly $100 Million and that’s exactly what I’m talking about. Apple is not spending the money out of their own pocket to avoid taxes, like Dell, HP, Cisco, Gateway, etc did to avoid taxes and ship the majority of jobs to China!!!

    1. If there will be Mexican workers, they are going to be legal. “Migrant” part in this case is irrelevant since everyone in the USA is migrant (except for few native people that somehow survived to this day despite genocide from the settlers).

      The plant is going to be fully automated, so it might not require unqualified staff. Instead it might require highly professional, qualified staff that would oversee automated assembly and fix it, if needed.

      1. Even the Native Americans were migrants once – they were just the first to get to the Americas. Unless you live in Africa and your ancestors never left, everyone is an immigrant…

        1. True, but the “migrant” (in the common speech that was used by the commentator above) has connotation that people move to the place where other people already live.

          There were few migration waves (in the scientific meaning of the word, without the connotation) to NA continent within tens of thousands of years, but earlier migrations have already died out by the time of the new wave of migration was coming — except for the two latest: Vikings (unsuccessful) and Spanish (successful).

      2. Junior, My ancestors came to this country in the 1600’s and have fought in every war this nation has been involved. Just exactly how many generations in your book before someone is considered native? Maybe families that have been here a hundred years or less buy that crap, but I do not. I am a native born American and am no immigrant. My bloodline was here when America started in 1776 and had already been here over a hundred years.

        The “Native American” tribes migrated over a land bridge from Asia, making them immigrants by your standard. The migration of peoples has been going on since well before recorded time so the whole “Indians are the only non immigrants thing” is specious. ‘Native’ Hawaiians came from the south Pacific on dugouts, so are they non-native as well?

  1. It is ironic that an American company will design a product, then pay a Chinese company to have it manufactured by their Chinese manufacturing plant, located in America, staffed by American labour, using some components made by elswhere in America (possibly by other Chinese companies).

    I’d be curious to find out how much of the money made in the process of manufacturing one such Mac will end up on the balance sheets of American companies, and how much will be reported by Chinese companies… Well, at least there will be a few American jobs that will benefit from this manufacturing.

    As we know, of Apple’s $150 billion in cash, more than two thirds is located overseas, earned there, but reported on the Apple balance sheet, in America.

  2. Hmm… Some here comment how successful Apple is while being founded and managed by a “Liberal” mindset, I guess would approve a sound business decision to produce in Conservative Rick Perry’s Texas as opposed to say Massachusetts or the NEW New York?

    Texas, huh… Wonder if it is in Round Rock? Did Dell sell their TX ops?

  3. Natural progression leads successful companies to seriously evaluate risk management scenarios, which small companies have little ability to manage.

    Hard drive makers did not do that right in the Thai flood season a couple years back.

    China has a history of both internal and external instability that causes political collapse. The Chinese military buildup could one day result in issues that disrupt all those manufacturing operations.

    Cook was first a production wiz and his expertise is obviously leading the trend to robots, less risk and regional assembly where the products are sold. The same is true in Brazil.

    Lots of journalists meeting their editor’s deadlines makes lists of what Cook should do, but he has been doing computer manufacturing longer than most journalists have been journalists.

    Tim & crew are doing a terrific job and just need to keep at it.

      1. “The Master created humans first as the lowest type, most easily formed. Gradually, he replaced them by robots, the next higher step, and finally he created me, to take the place of the last humans.”
        ― Isaac Asimov, I, Robot

        Or perhaps “iRobot”?

    1. I have met very nice people in Texas and several assholes in Canada.

      People who cannot shoot well have excellent hand-coordination which may help with assembling Apple devices.

      Statistically Canada has fewer intentional homicides than US but both countries have vastly fewer murders than many other countries. Also the murder rate among homosexuals is vastly greater than than of straight people.

  4. This is a genuine good news story. If Apple can prove we can competitively assemble electronic products in the U.S., they could once again be the visionary market leader. Robotics? Why not? Were ATMs a step backward?

  5. I heard that they were importing (immigrating) Chinese workers to Texas who couldn’t get enough hours at their FoxCon jobs to feed their families and maintain their lifestyle. These workers would work at minimum wage, work as independent contractors so Apple wouldn’t have to pay excessive benefits for them, live in Apple-built communes in comfortable housing, buy Apple-subsidized products at on-property shops, and send most of their earned income back to China. All as a big F-U to the American Congress.

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