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06/13/2013

Is Apple eyeing Fort Worth for its Mac Pro production?

MacRumors.com put out a report today that Apple may be assembling its new Mac Pro at Flextronics new plant in north Fort Worth.

The website cited a securities analyst comment to Taiwan’s Economic Daily News that Apple will be partnering with Flextronics instead of its current manufacturing partner Foxconn on the U.S. production.

Apple CEO Tim Cook told a Senate hearing he wanted to bring Mac production back to the U.S. It has since been reported that it is likely in Austin.

In March, the Austin City Council approved $8.6 million in tax breaks for Apple to build new facilities where Apple would employ 3,600 workers.

Flextronics is getting ready to open a 450,000-square-foot facility at Alliance in Fort Worth where it will build Motorola’s new smart phone. The company is in the process of hiring 2,000 workers.

Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet said she could not comment beyond Cooks’ and Phil Schiller’s, Apple’s chief marketing officer, recent comments that the Mac production would be in the U.S.

Catherine Hernandez-Blades, Flextronics chief marketing and communications officer, said in an email, “It is not our practice to comment on specific products or customers.  We respectfully ask that you direct any customer-specific questions, directly to the customer company.”

_ Sandra Baker

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