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No, Apple isn’t opening a new manufacturing plant in Texas

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US President Donald Trump speaks about the impeachment inquiry during a tour of the Flextronics computer manufacturing facility where Apple's Mac Pros are assembled in Austin, Texas, on November 20, 2019. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

President Donald Trump toured Apple’s Mac Pro manufacturing facility in Austin, Texas, with CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday.

“We’re seeing the beginning of a very powerful and important plant,” Trump said during the visit. “I want to see Apple building plants in the United States. That’s what’s happening.”

Trump echoed that theme in a tweet after the tour. “Today I opened a major Apple manufacturing plant in Texas that will bring high paying jobs back to America,” he wrote.

Trump neglected to mention a couple of key facts about the facility. First, it’s technically owned by Apple contractor Flex, not Apple itself. More important, it’s not new. Apple has been building the Mac Pro at the same location since 2013.

Apple is opening a new facility in Austin—a 3 million square foot office complex where Apple says its employees will perform a variety of functions, including “engineering, R&D, operations, finance, sales and customer support.” In remarks at the Mac Pro plant Wednesday, Cook touted it as a $1 billion investment that will create Apple’s second-biggest site after Apple’s home base in Cupertino.

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