Obama included Apple’s manufacturing plan – announced in December – in amongst a number of product manufacturers that have turned away from outsourcing labour to cheaper parts of the world, instead pledging to operate in the US.
“Our first priority is making America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing,” Obama said during his speech.
“After shedding jobs for more than 10 years, our manufacturers have added about 500,000 jobs 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.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook was a guest of the First Lady Michelle Obama, situated in a box reserved for special guests mentioned in the President’s speech.