During his annual State of the Union speech last night, U.S. president Barack Obama highlighted Apple's intent to bring some Mac computer manufacturing back to America.
After shedding jobs for more than ten years, our manufacturers have added about 500,000 jobs back over the past three. Caterpillar is bringing jobs back from Japan. Ford is bringing jobs back from Mexico. After locating plants in other countries, like China, Intel is opening its most advanced plant right here at home, and this year, Apple will start making Macs in America again.
In December of 2012, Apple announced plans to invest over $100 million to bring production of one of its Mac lines to the U.S. Speculation has included both the Mac mini and a rumored next-generation Mac Pro. This followed increased media attention over their, and the industry's, use of Chinese manufacturing facilities and labor.
Apple CEO Tim Cook, as expected, was in attendance. He sat in the First Lady's section, behind Michelle Obama, in a dark suit and tie.
During last year's State of the Union President Obama mentioned Apple's late co-founder, Steve Jobs, praising his entrepreneurial spirit as his widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, watched from the First Lady's section.