Flextronics Hires 1,700 Workers To Build New Mac Pro

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More than six months before Apple unveiled the new Mac Pro, we correctly predicted that it would be made exclusively in the USA. Now, as the Mac Pro gears up to start shipping in the coming month, a Texas newspaper is reporting that up to 1,700 workers are being hired near Austin to push the Mac Pro out the door.

According to the Austin American-Statesman:

Flextronics America, which has ramped up hiring and spent tens of millions of dollars to renovate its Northwest Austin factory over the past two years, will start manufacturing a “next generation desktop computer” at the upgraded plant, according to a presentation it filed Monday with Travis County commissioners.

The document, part of a push by the computer and electronics manufacturer to have its Central Texas facilities designated as a foreign trade zone, suggests the company already created 879 jobs for the project and could add another 815 positions if it hits peak targets.

If you’re not aware, Flextronics has previously been named as Apple’s American manufacturer for the Mac Pro, and this talk about a “next generation desktop computer” would seem to cement that. After all, who in their right mind is investing in creating next-gen desktops right now except Apple? The market’s plunging right through the floor.

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