U.S. President Donald Trump has said that Apple made a commitment to put up three factories in the United States. According to Trump the chief executive officer of Apple, Tim Cook, assured him that construction of the manufacturing facilities was already in progress. Trump said this during a newspaper interview.
“I spoke to [Mr. Cook], he’s promised me three big plants — big, big, big. I said, ‘You know, Tim, unless you start building your plants in this country, I won’t consider my administration an economic success.’ He called me, and he said they are going forward.” Trump said in the interview with The Wall Street Journal.
The Cupertino, California-based tech giant has revealed little concerning its plans to manufacture more of its products in the United States. Two months ago, Cook disclosed that the iPhone maker would be investing one billion dollars into a fund aimed at promoting advanced manufacturing in the world’s largest economy. Corning Inc, a maker of glass that is used in the screens of the iPad and the iPhone, was the first to benefit from the fund as the New York-based firm got a fifth of that money.
Foxconn, one of Apple’s most prominent contract manufacturers, is said to be harboring plans to put up a manufacturing facility in the state of Wisconsin. It is understood that the facility will accommodate approximately 10,000 workers. This would be a fraction of the kind of operations Foxconn carries out in China where some of its facilities hold upwards of 100,000 workers.
At present the number of workers that Apple employs directly is 80,000. Another 450,000 are employed indirectly through the suppliers that Apple partners with. Some of the contract manufacturers Apple partners with in the United States includes Quanta Computer which makes Mac desktop computers in Fremont, California and Flex which makes Mac desktop computers in the state of Texas.
Trump’s relationship with Apple has not been all smooth sailing since he started running for the presidency. On the campaign trail Trump asked Americans to boycott the company’s products since the tech giant had refused to offer assistance to investigators who wanted to unlock an iPhone found on a terrorist.