Apple's Plan to Reshore Production of Mac is a Sign of the Times

By Heather Ashton – December 16, 2012
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The U.S. Manufacturing picture got a boost of confidence from Apple Inc. last week, as the company announced plans to bring manufacturing of one of its Mac computer lines back to the U.S. in 2013. Apple is prepared to invest $100 million in the endeavor, and will rely on partnerships with local suppliers to produce the Macs. Recently, Apple has moved some of the assembly of products like iMacs back to the U.S., and there are a number of Apple components already made in this country, including the A5 processor that powers all iPhones and iPads, and the glass from Corning that covers the iPhone and iPad. Additionally, several of Apple's global suppliers, including well-known Foxconn, operate plants in the U.S. This announcement represents a signal from Apple that the time is right for the manufacturing industry to reinvest in the U.S. as a location for producing goods.


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