Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn is proceeding with plans to construct a manufacturing facility in the United States.
Current plans, which call for the plant to be located in Pennsylvania, involve Foxconn investing upwards of $40 million into the US-focused efforts. Specifically, the bulk of the investment will be used to "develop robotics" to help improve the speed and efficiency with which Apple products and products of other tech companies are rolled off of assembly lines.
Foxconn will invest in a manufacturing unit in Harrisburg, the state capital, to create about 500 jobs, according to a company statement. It already has a manufacturing facility there that employs about 30 people.
“We are very, very pleased that companies from overseas are looking to locate and grow in Pennsylvania,” says C. Alan Walker, Pennsylvania's secretary for the Department of Community and Economic Development.