Trump says Apple will build three plants in the U.S.
Trump didn't give out any specifics about these new factories such as where they will be build, or what they will produce. Apple says that including its own 80,000 U.S. based employees, it supports 2 million jobs in the states when taking into account suppliers, app developers and others. While Apple does rely on some U.S. based contract manufacturers to build some Mac models, products like the iPhone and iPad are made in China by manufacturers like Foxconn and Pegatron. Trump said today that Foxconn will be building a factory in Wisconsin, but this plant is expected to turn out display panels for television sets and is not related to its production of Apple devices.
Since Apple historically relies on contract manufacturers to build its products, the tech titan owns only one factory and that is in Ireland. Building three new factories in the U.S. would be a big change for the company, which has built a sophisticated supply chain overseas allowing it to score huge margins on its mobile devices.