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Apple shuts down manufacturing in Elk Grove

updated 08:30 pm EDT, Tue April 13, 2004

Elk Grove manufacturing

The Sacramento Bee is that Apple shut down its manufacturing operations in Elk Grove today, idling a reported 235 workers as it attempts to cut costs in the cut-throat computer-making business. Apple said that manufacturing will move to a third-party supplier in Southern California, but declined to provide further details.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Monstermind

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Nice going, Steve.

  1. Clive

    Joined: Dec 1969



    What's the problem - yes some people got fired, but at least some others' had their security reinforced. And unlike most changes of this type, at least the jobs stayed "local".

  1. iKenny

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Good decision

    Despite the loss of the jobs, which is always bad news, this is overall a good decision for Apple. If they can manufacture the same number of products in a smaller amount of space, they save the money for something else. Maybe if their market share increases they'll buy it back....

  1. swatson

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not opposed to downsizing

    But, what if Steve took a pay cut, maybe Apple could keep more employees, yeah yeah yeah, I know..... $1

    If you are going to look at the bottom line, look at it from all angles.

    That being said, I love my Mac and Jobs is great CEO (just reimbursed too much).

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Its probably just a normal company outsourcing, the cyclical event all companies perform where they (a) outsource jobs to third parties to reduce cost, then (b) bring the jobs back inside to cut outside costs and give them more flexibility in operations.

    Its similar to the cyclical (a) buy every company you can under the sun, because you can't survive unless you expand to other areas, then (b) split out all buy your core company to focus on your strengths. Like AOL/Time Warner. Or AT&T.

  1. ClickSpace

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Maybe they should...

    Build iPod minis at Elk Grove since they apparently can't make enough of them.

  1. Kenneth

    Joined: Dec 1969


    not good.

    Almost 99% of the packages I received from Apple was from Elk Grove, CA.

    Hope the another one is the same as the one in Elk Grove.

  1. bill_mcgonigle

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Still in America?

    I thought Apple had moved all their manufacturing offshore to Taiwan and China. While it's sad for the people of Elk Grove, I'm glad to hear Apple still makes something in America. Does anybody know what machines will be made in SoCA? I'm more likely to buy an American Apple than a Chinese Apple when the time comes for a new machine.

    If anyone's to blame here it's federal tax laws that make off-shoring so painless and the Walmart purchasing mentality.

  1. Newfie

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This is a further continuation of the Whitening of Apple. Now that they got rid of all of their non-White, and ethnic designers, they are going after blue-collar jobs like manufacturing.

    Nearly all the workers who lost their jobs at Apple Computer's so-called manufacturing center in Elk Grove where ethnic minorities.
    It is interesting that the company refuses to specify exactly who it is that they are transferring all these jobs to, in Southern California.
    I am betting all my money on an all new, all White staff, situated somewhere in Orange County, that will take over the high-skilled work of s******* together pre-manufactured computers and peripherals built in overseas sweatshops, pasting an Apple Logo on them and slapping on a "Made in U.S.A" sticker in the back.

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