updated 02:45 am EDT, Fri April 13, 2012
Avenue is near Brazilian Foxconn factory
The mayor of a Brazilian city in Sao Paulo where Foxconn has one of its few foreign factories has renamed one of its streets near the facility "Avenida Steve Jobs" in honor of the late co-founder of Apple. The factory in Jundiai is said to be producing new iPhone 4 and iPad 2 units, and CEO Tim Cook has said in public remarks that Brazil is an area of "major growth" for the company in the coming years.
The road named for Jobs feeds into the Anhanguera highway, reports AppleInsider, along which the Foxconn factory is located. Apple only recently won approval to sell the Brazilian-made iPhone 4 units in the country, and is expected to also win approval to sell locally-produced iPad 2s. The locally-made units should be dramatically cheaper than those produced in China due to Brazil's high import tariffs.
Mayor Miguel Haddad approved the name change at a city council meeting late last month, according to Brazil's MacMagazine. The proposal of naming a street in Jobs' honor was originally made one day after his death in October.
The street naming joins a growing list of dedications and posthumous awards for Jobs, who created Apple with Steve Wozniak and Ron Wayne and was head of the company twice, from 1976-1985 and then again from 1997 until shortly before his death. Most recently, the Disney movie John Carter was dedicated to Jobs on the request of director Andrew Stanton.