Donald Trump to tour Apple plant in Austin next week
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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump will visit Austin to tour an Apple Inc. manufacturing plant and see the company’s recent expansion in Central Texas, news from a White House official on Saturday.
A White House official said, Trump, Apple CEO – Tim Cook and senior administration officials together will hear from employees on Wednesday about assembling process of products at the Austin facility.
There was an announcement from Apple in September that it would keep manufacturing Mac Pro computers in Austin, due to the exemptions it received from some proposed federal tariffs. Previously, the Mac Pro has been manufactured in Northwest Austin, exactly in Flextronics Americas factory which Cook confirmed in 2013. The Wall Street Journal reported in June that Apple did plan to move their Mac Pro manufacturing to China, and the newspaper cited a number of challenges that Apple may face, such as declining demand and its manufacturing capacity.
However, only three months later, Apple stated that it would be able to continue their Mac Pro’s manufacturing in the United States thanks to the approved exemptions from trade officials, which allow them to import key Mac Pro parts from China without being subject to import tariffs.
“We’re building the Mac Pro — Apple’s most powerful computer ever — right here in Austin because we believe in the power of American innovation. Like every product we make, the Mac Pro is designed and engineered in the U.S., and we’re proud to support 2.4 million jobs across the nation.”, said Cook. Recently, Apple redesigned the product for its re-release this year, with initial pricing from $5,999.
Austin is the Apple’s largest hub outside of its headquarters, Cupertino, Calif. Last year, the company with more than 6,000 employees at its Austin main campus announced their plans for a new nearby 133-acre corporate campus which will employ up to 5,000 people initially. This year, Apple confirmed their short-term lease for the entire 8 buildings of Riata Corporate Park, just less than a mile from its existing campus. They also confirmed that they has leased another building at North Austin’s Parmer Innovation Center.
Trump will travel to Austin this time with son-in-law Jared Kushner, daughter Ivanka Trump, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow.
Trump’s Apple visit comes almost one month after his travelling to North Texas to tour French luxury brand Louis Vuitton plant in Johnson County near Fort Worth and to organize a campaign rally in Dallas.