Amidst a swarm of unfavorable publicity surrounding their manufacturing practices, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook announces plans to invest nearly $100 million to move a portion of Mac computer production back to the United States. Apple shifted a majority of its production to Asia beginning in the 1990s due to the cheap labor costs and the scale of operations available in factories. Scrutiny reached a fever pitch for this practice once working conditions in a contracted manufacturing plant were revealed.
It remains unclear which US manufacturers will be utilized for fabrication, and which processes will be performed on US soil. An Apple official confirmed that the scope of the plan includes more than just assembling parts that were produced elsewhere.
While the move will provide a much-needed boost to the manufacturing industry in the United States, it will continue to fuel the debate on the United States’ ability to remain a hub for manufacturing in the world.