President Trump received a tour of the current Apple Mac Pro factory in Austin by CEO Tim Cook on day the facility broke ground. © AFP/ Getty Images
President Trump received a tour of the current Apple Mac Pro factory in Austin by CEO Tim Cook on day the facility broke ground. © AFP/ Getty Images

Apple starts building $1bn US factory to make Mac Pro

21 November 2019

Tech firm Apple has started construction on a $1bn facility in Austin, Texas, which will produce the newly-redesigned Mac Pro.

The manufacturing facility will be on a 3m sq ft campus expected to open in 2022.

The campus will be powered by 100% renewable energy, including on-site solar panels, and is expected to employ and house 5,000 people initially, with a potential capacity of 15,000. 

Production of the new Mac Pro currently takes place a separate 244,000 sq ft facility in Austin that employs around 500 people, said Apple.

The Mac Pro is designed in California and produced using a network of 9,000 suppliers from 50 states, including processors from Arizona and Oregon, graphics processors from New York and electrical components from Maine, Pennsylvania and Texas, said Apple.

Tim Cook, CEO at Apple, said: “With the construction of our new campus in Austin now underway, Apple is deepening our close bond with the city and the talented and diverse workforce that calls it home. Responsible for 2.4 million American jobs and counting, Apple is eager to write our next chapter here and to keep contributing to America’s innovation story.

“Building the Mac Pro, Apple’s most powerful device ever, in Austin is both a point of pride and a testament to the enduring power of American ingenuity.”

Apple has partnered with locally-based Bartlett Tree Experts to ensure the environment is preserved and a variety of 20 native trees are planned to cover 60% of the campus, including a 50-acre public nature and wildlife preserve. 

President Donald Trump attended a ground-breaking ceremony on Wednesday. Earlier this year Trump called for more US companies to manufacture products domestically.

Cook told ABC News moving production of the iPhone from China to the US was not “on the horizon”.

“The iPhone is the product of a global supply chain,” Cook said.

“The way I think about it is, the iPhone is made everywhere.

“If you look at the glass of the iPhone, which everybody touches all day long, that glass is made in Kentucky. If you were to take apart the iPhone you would see many of the silicone components that are made in the United States as well.” 

According to Apple, the firm is on track to contribute $350bn to the US economy between 2018 and 2023 and it plans to hire an additional 20,000 employees in cities across the country.

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