Tim Cook praises "American manufacturing expertise" in making Mac Pro

Apple CEO Tim Cook used his Twitter feed today to show himself touring the Mac Pro factory in Austin, Texas Thursday. The post was an effort to promote the company's decision to start bringing more electronic product manufacturing to the U.S.

In his Twitter post, Cook wrote:

Watching the Mac Pro come together in Austin yesterday,thanks to a team loaded with American manufacturing expertise.

The image itself shows Cook looking over the shoulder of one of the people working on the Mac Pro assembly line. We are sure that guy didn't feel any pressure at all with the CEO of the company looking over his work.

Cook's Twitter message comes just a few days after Motorola Mobility announced it would shut down its Moto X smartphone plant in Fort Worth, Texas by the end of the year.

What do you think about Apple's decision to assemble the Mac Pro in Austin and should the company make more of its Mac products in the US?

Source: @tim_cook

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In other news we read that Motorola is shutting down its USA smartphone manufacturing plant. I still think the Mac Pro made in Austin, TX is just a marketing token to be able to say Apple makes something in the USA. If Apple ever opens an iPhone plant in the States THAT will get my attention.

It would be great if they could do more manufacturing here but I'm guessing the costs would rise quite a bit. It makes sense for the Mac Pro since it's a premium product made in limited quantities.

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Marketplace did a brief report on this just recently: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/business/ive-always-wondered/how-much-...

I agree with what lkrupp said above, that these US assembly plants are more marketing tools than anything else. I'm totally okay with paying a premium for the devices that use as much labor as possible from countries that have reasonable wage and worker protection laws, though. Especially if the products are as nice as the Moto X. It's a shame that they're going to be ditching their Texas plant.

Expertise... well, Chinese still seem to do it better, given that every Apple product that actually matters is made in China by Chinese subcontractors.

Photographers and videographers w the new Mac Pros like them. Can't wait till I get my awesome Made in America Mac Pro and ditch my Windows machine forever!

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It is difficult to beat what the Chinese and Taiwanese manufacturers can offer in terms of expertise, lead times, cost and industrial peace.

They are just more skilled in design and manufacturing. They are capable of working long hours that cuts the delivery times significantly while achieving high volume targets. There are no unions to deal with.

It's ironic that capitalism can work better when workers are under a socialist set up.

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