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As customers in the U.S. increasingly demand electronics made in the country, contract manufacturers have to open up new facilities to fulfill the needs. Foxconn Electronics, the world’s largest contract maker of consumer electronics, plans to establish new manufacturing sites in the USA.

Arizona, Colorado, Texas, New York, New Jersey and Louisiana have contacted the company as they seek to get plants set up in their jurisdictions, Simon Hsing, a spokesman for Foxconn, told Bloomberg news-agency. Recently Foxconn Interconnect Technology expanded its facility in Pennsylvania. The company is looking to open plants for making tools, molds and connectors.

Foxconn assembles various products for Apple, manufactures game consoles for Microsoft Corp., makes tablets for Amazon and produces PCs for various brands, including Dell and Hewlett-Packard. Some of Apple-branded products (iMac and Mac Pro) are made in the U.S.


Foxconn manufacturing facilities. Images by Getty Images and NPR web-site.

The contract manufacturer wants to get support and purchase commitments from its clients before building the new plants in the USA. The firm is negotiating with customers over what kind of products they want to be made in the country.

Foxconn’s plans in the U.S. will not necessarily create loads of new jobs since the company is trying to substitute personnel with robots so to eventually avoid labor shortage.

Foxconn has factories in California and Texas at present.

Tags: Foxconn, Apple, HP, Dell, Hon Hai Precision, Business, Microsoft, Amazon

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Some more minimum wage, tedious, sweatshop type jobs... so Tim Cook can receive another $700 Million in annual compensation.
1 0 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 01/31/14 09:03:17 AM]
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American style capitalism is a race to the bottom.
2 0 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 01/31/14 09:10:04 AM]
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Yet it's built the greatest nation on earth.
0 1 [Posted by: UnbiasedONE  | Date: 01/31/14 12:49:16 PM]
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Past tense is applicable to that.
2 0 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 02/01/14 12:39:05 AM]
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Teen's and those who haven't graduated High School need to work somewhere.
0 0 [Posted by: UnbiasedONE  | Date: 01/31/14 12:50:11 PM]
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"Foxconn’s plans in the U.S. will not necessarily create loads of new jobs since the company is trying to substitute personnel with robots so to eventually avoid labor shortage."

Minimum wage may be better than no job at all....
0 0 [Posted by: bluvg  | Date: 01/31/14 01:11:45 PM]
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Robots do not sweat, they do get condensation if the factory's temperature reaches the dew point. There is one and only one reason that manufacturing, at the current time, is being moved to the us, and it is not that the wages in the US have fallen below the wages in Asia!
Automated manufacturing removes the wage cost as a factor in the location of manufacturing facilities, and this Automation results in shipping and logistics becoming one of the major costs of production(alongside materals costs), and this is the reason that Foxconn will move to the US. We all have read the articles about Foxconn and robots, so unless you are a truck driver, or a factory robot repair technican(this only applies to emergency repairs in the factory, as most Robots can be quickly swapped out and sent back to the repair facilities in Asia, etc, for reworking), do not expect these factories to provide much in the way of permanent employment, lots of construction jobs, but after the factory is finished, not so much. Expect the property taxes on these facilities, to generate more taxes, than the actual payroll taxes, but there will be some employment to be had, just no where near the amount of employment that the same factory would have if it remained in Asia, or other low wage(relative to the value of the US dollar) countries. The shipping companies are not going to like it also, but once a factory is automated beyond a certain level, the costs of shipping from far away, begin to outweigh the costs of wages, robots do not get paied.
0 0 [Posted by: BigChiefRunAmok  | Date: 02/02/14 10:53:07 AM]
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The cheap wages paid in the USA is what is attracting companies now.
This can't last.
The manufactures will run to the cheapest labour markets and the highest government subsidies and lowest taxes.
Corporations have no country loyalty., this a result of Wall St.'s machinations which unfortunately have infected the world.
The old adage is applicable to Wall St. "As Ye sow so shall ye reap."
0 0 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 02/01/14 12:38:16 AM]
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