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How many workers does it take to build a new Mac Pro? Around 1,700, according to the Austin-American Statesman (via Cult of Mac), which notes that almost all of them will be put to work to get what looks to be the totally tubular new desktop system out to the Apple faithful.
The bulk of the work will take place at Flextronics America, which has spent the last two years hiring new workers and spending tens of millions of dollars to upgrade its facility in northwest Austin, Texas. In in a presentation for Travis County commissioners on Monday, it stated little more than it would start building a "next generation desktop computer" at the plant.
Considering the timing and that Apple's already announced that Flextronics will be responsible for constructing the new machine, it seems like almost a given that the next-generation unit in question is the long-awaited update to the Mac Pro.
The actual meeting, as Cult of Mac notes, was part of a drive to have Flextronics Central Texas facility designated as a foreign trade zone. Apparently the company has already created 879 jobs for the unit's construction, with 815 left to go if it expects to hit its targets. It also confirms earlier overtures by Apple that the unit would be exclusively made in the United States, which is increasingly a rarity for electronic products (and for anything else, for that matter).
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