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Apple Investing $100 Million to Build Mac Line in Texas

By - Source: All Things D | B 34 comments

So now we know where and when, we just don't know what.

Way back in December, Apple CEO Tim Cook made headlines when we revealed that one of the existing Mac lines would be manufactured exclusively in the United States in 2013. Cook didn't elaborate on which line but said the company has been working 'for years' on doing more in the United States.

This week, Tim Cook revealed just where it plans to build those computers. All Things D reports that Tim Cook offered a little more information on Apple's plans to build computers in the United States while speaking before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations on Tuesday. Cook is quoted as saying Apple will invest $100 million in the construction of a Mac product line in Texas.

"The product will be assembled in Texas, include components made in Illinois and Florida, and rely on equipment produced in Kentucky and Michigan," Apple's CEO is quoted as saying.

Though Cook has yet to reveal which line will be assembled in the USA, numerous orders of the 2012 iMac shipped with 'Made in the USA' stamped on the back. While this is by no means a confirmation that the iMac line will be chosen for USA assembly, it's hard to ignore. We'll keep you posted on any developments.

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    Spooderman , May 23, 2013 2:42 PM
    Oh boy
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    nevilence , May 23, 2013 2:46 PM
    Wonder if the workers in those apple plants will have to sign non-suicide agreements too?
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    Shankovich , May 23, 2013 3:04 PM
    Good for them : ). I just bought a BBQ the other day that was labelled as "Made in North America", and it came with a pamphlet thanking me and showing off manufacturing right here at home :) 
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    Phil Williamson , May 23, 2013 3:09 PM
    Wow! 100 million dollars. Does Apple have enough to cover that? :-)
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    scythe944 , May 23, 2013 3:28 PM
    100 mil? What's that, like Tim Cook's lunch money for the week?
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    Unolocogringo , May 23, 2013 3:30 PM
    They should not be able to get away with this deception.
    A device can be completely manufactured overseas and shipped to the US.
    They then install the batteries in the US and label it "Made in USA".
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    jigawatt , May 23, 2013 3:35 PM
    Whatever it is... it won't be cheap. With US labor rates/wages, I can't even imagine how much more product would cost.
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    whiteodian , May 23, 2013 3:38 PM
    Sounds like it is just an assembly plant. 100 Million doesn't seem like much for Apple to spend. They will get good PR with it being "Made in America."
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    usbgtx550 , May 23, 2013 4:12 PM
    Although I'm not the biggest supporter of Apple, this is a step in the right direction. However, how much would this Mac cost due to U.S. citizens being employed vs cheap offshore labor? Also, "include components made in Illinois and Florida" still leads on that the majority of the parts are not U.S. made.
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    noobzilla771 , May 23, 2013 4:27 PM
    Thank you sir, for bringing at least some jobs back in the U.S.
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    reprotected , May 23, 2013 4:29 PM
    Mac is overpriced, Apple is evil, Android rules, PC all the way, and other Apple hate comments that will save the technology industry.
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    AndrewMD , May 23, 2013 4:29 PM
    This will at least create new much needed jobs for US and also create less wait time for custom built systems
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    fat_panda , May 23, 2013 4:39 PM
    Well, good for Texas. Lets hope they don't get treated like slaves.
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    captainnemojr , May 23, 2013 4:41 PM
    And will use undocumented workers for the cheap labor...
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    fat_panda , May 23, 2013 4:49 PM
    Well, good for Texas. Lets hope they don't get treated like slaves.
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    bllue , May 23, 2013 5:31 PM
    Parts made in china, assembled in the USA
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    christop , May 23, 2013 5:48 PM
    How about move to South Carolina. I bet I can assembly 100 in one day.
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    derekullo , May 23, 2013 6:25 PM
    Because everything is bigger and more expensive in Texas ...
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    Unolocogringo , May 23, 2013 6:42 PM
    Read another article.
    This may be part of their Foxcon deal.
    Foxcon will build plants in the US so that Apple can label the devices as made in USA.
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    JamesSneed , May 23, 2013 7:00 PM
    This sounds good but it seems to be a little PR stunt. Apple your products are made in China just admit it and move on.
    Samsung has invested well over 4B in Texas which of course is why Apple chose Texas. Invest over 4B in Texas then you have me believing you make "stuff" in the US like Samsung does.
    http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/news-events/press-releases/detail?newsId=11861
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