During President Barack Obama’s State of the Union, technology was an early focus. Emphasizing the return of business to America, Obama mentioned that Apple will once again build Mac computers in America.
Apple CEO Tim Cook attended the State of the Union and he watched as Obama’s announced the return of Apple manufacturing to America. While many news reports about new iPhone leaks, or the latest specs surrounding new Macbooks, focus on the product, the manufacturer, Foxconn is also mentioned. Foxconn’s main manufacturing facility is in China and Apple uses it to produce its latest iPhones and iPads. Obama also mentioned Intel opening a new manufacturing plant in America.
Bringing jobs back is important but Obama also laid out plans to restore U.S. leadership with the development of technology hubs.
In the State of the Union, the president also discussed a Youngstown, Ohio, plant that is now being used as a state-of-the-art facility where designers are using 3D printers and announced three other new hubs that will be built in America. Businesses will partner with the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy to create these manufacturing hubs to create new jobs and turn America into a highly advanced center of technology.
Obama called for building 15 manufacturing hubs that will create jobs in new sectors with the hope that “the next revolution in manufacturing is Made in America.” This will ensure that with new technology, companies will not look overseas to manufacture these products because America will have an established infrastructure.