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'Next year, we’re going to do one of our existing Mac lines in the United States.'- Apple CEO Tim Cook
“The glass on this phone is made in Kentucky,” he added, a reference to the Corning Gorilla Glass built in a facility in Kentucky.
Apple is clearly already well on the way: Some of the latest iMacs from the company carry a sticker labeled “Assembled in America.”
A quick tour of the Apple store in New York’s Grand Central Station Wednesday revealed one new iMac with just such a sticker, brought to the location a week ago, a store employee told FoxNews.com, and likely one of the first produced iMacs. A sticker on a second, identical iMac says “Assembled in China,” however.
Sources within the FTC told FoxNews.com they had heard that Apple was “in the process of getting approval to set up a plant in California in connection with these products,” but could not confirm the information.
Members of the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce did not return FoxNews.com phone calls.
Not all of the company's plans for America will be in California, however. Eve Richter, economic development and emerging technologies coordinator for the Austin, Texas, Chamber of Commerce, told FoxNews.com the company is planning to expand a facility in that city, known for its high tech and manufacturing industries.
“Apple is building an office, an ‘Americas Operations Center,’” Richter told FoxNews.com. While that plant will create more than 3,600 jobs, she said, it is not a manufacturing facility.
“This project that I’ve talked about, where we’ll do a Mac in the United States next year, this is a really good 'nother step for us,” Cook told Williams. When asked whether manufacturing in the U.S. will add to the cost of products, Cook deferred the question, instead arguing that the real issue was about the labor pool.
It’s not so much about the price as it is about the skills, etc. Over time, there are skills associated with manufacturing that have left the U.S.,” Cook said.
“It’s not a matter of bringing it back, it’s a matter of starting it here,” Cook said.
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