Apple's Initial Investment in U.S. Mac Production Estimated to Create 200 Jobs

Bloomberg reports that Apple's $100 million plan to bring some Mac production back to the United States is likely to be a very modest operation at the outset, with some economists and industry experts projecting that the effort will create approximately 200 jobs.

The investment “sounds like a 200-job operation with about a million-unit output,” said Dan Luria, a labor economist at Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center in Plymouth, Michigan, who studies factory operations. Apple will probably rely on tax breaks and other incentives for the facility, he said. [...]

While Apple’s commitment could set a precedent for electronics suppliers, it probably doesn’t presage a large or rapid shift of production back to the U.S., said Michael Marks, the former CEO of Flextronics International Ltd., which was the largest contract manufacturer in the world before the rise of Foxconn. He also estimates $100 million may create about 200 jobs.

Apple is presumed to be working with its primary manufacturing partner Foxconn on the project, as Foxconn has also expressed interest in building operations in the United States.

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Workers at Quanta Computer in Shanghai assembling MacBook Pro display enclosures

Apple's efforts to bring Mac production back to the United States come just as Lenovo, which purchased IBM's personal computer business in 2005, has announced plans to begin PC production in North Carolina. Lenovo's effort is also a modest one, projected to employ roughly 100 workers to produce several hundred thousand units per year.

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appleguy123 Avatar
150 months ago
Better than no jobs.

I was more happy when there was just 1 Jobs.
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yearofthe Avatar
150 months ago
Better than no jobs.
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Laird Knox Avatar
150 months ago
It never ceases to amaze me how many jackasses there on these forums.
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TennisandMusic Avatar
150 months ago
I think it's an excellent start. You may say 200 jobs, big deal, but that's going to matter a heck of a lot to 200 people. They might even be decently paying jobs that really help support a family.

If Apple is actually doing this to help our country, I say good for them. It's really a great thing for them to do, and I have been pretty critical of Apple as of late. I like the move. 200 today could be 2,000 the year after, and 20,000 the year after that. Don't knock any kind of domestic job creation.
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AppleScruff1 Avatar
150 months ago
It's not much, but at least it's a start. Hopefully as time goes on we will see more progress on this.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
wikus Avatar
150 months ago
This 200 number is almost as impressive as Apple's very generous 10% off deals during black Friday.
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