updated 10:55 am EDT, Tue October 15, 2013
Product could be new Mac Pro
Flextronics America is in the process of hiring close to 1,700 people to work on a "next generation desktop computer" at its factory in Austin, Texas, according to the Austin American-Statesman. The company has declined to go into any more detail on the product, but filed a presentation with Travis County commissioners on Monday, as part of a bid to have its facilities declared a foreign trade zone. At least 879 jobs have already been created, and Flextronics says it could add another 815 if it hits peak targets.
The computer in question could be Apple's upcoming Mac Pro refresh. Flextronics has previously been rumored as the Pro's manufacturer, and the company's Austin complex is less than a mile from Apple's local offices. Whatever the case, Apple has promised that the Mac Pro will be assembled in the US instead of China, where most Apple products are built.