Apple is seeking to expand its manufacturing activity in Mesa, Arizona according to a notification of proposed production activity submitted to the FTZ Board by the City of Mesa Office of Economic Development on behalf of the company.
Documents asking for approval of designation as a "foreign trade zone" show that Apple is looking at assembling and producing finished technology products on U.S. soil.
Since 2014, Apple has been using its Mesa locations in the capacity of a data center, which functions to provide backups and servers to multiple Apple services, such as iCloud and iTunes.
Trump has called several times for Apple to assemble its consumer products in the US.
Apple is also reported to be exploring moving iPhone production to the USA, a move Trump called for while campaigning: "We're going to get Apple to build their damn computers and things in this country instead of in other countries". The first product Apple intends to build in the Grand Canyon State isn't a new iPhone, but rather data server cabinets.
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An anonymous source familiar with Apple's data center operations told Business Insider that the company has been producing servers for its data centers at individual data center sites but plans to consolidate production at the Mesa facility.
"The nature of the product is not for end users but for other global data centers what will be supported from the site."
Last month President-elect Trump said he'll create incentives for corporations like Apple to "build a big plant in the United States". This particular hardware isn't items that Apple will sell to other firms, it is for its own use internally. Apple will also be able to take advantage of rules allowing it to import components from overseas - like batteries, printed circuit boards, and so on - without paying any taxes or duties, or at the very least, paying a reduced rate.
According to the filing, the data center cabinets will be used for "other global data centers". The tech giant plans to start with 150 "high paid" positions at the Mesa center, including a full-time executive. Apple wants instead to perform that part of its operations at the facility in Mesa.