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Apple to spend $100 million to make Macs in the U.S.!

On Thursday, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the company will invest $100 million in making Macintoshes in the United States. In part, Tim Cook said:

“Next year we are going to bring some production to the U.S. on the Mac. We’ve been working on this for a long time, and we were getting closer to it. It will happen in 2013. We’re really proud of it. We could have quickly maybe done just assembly, but it’s broader because we wanted to do something more substantial.”

Last night, Dan Luria, who studies factory operations as a labor economist at Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center in Plymouth, Michigan, told Bloomberg that the new $100 million effort in the U.S. “sounds like a 200-job operation with about a million-unit output.” According to Bloomberg, Michael Marks, former CEO of Flextronics International, a major global contract manufacturer, agrees with that estimate. According to Mark Stanton, Lenovo’s director of global supply-chain communications, manufacturing jobs pay about $32,000 a year, with skilled positions in the range of $65,000 a year.

Personally, I am delighted that Apple plans to put a small amount of its capital to use in the United States to create manufacturing jobs. I hope that their investment in the U.S. becomes much larger.

-Bill at

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