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  •  I can answer most of your questions (1+ / 0-)
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    Apple had factories in Fremont and Sacramento, CA, Fountain, CO, Carrolton, TX, Cork Ireland (still a service center) and Singapore. I'm personally familiar with the Sacramento, Singapore and Cork plants, from about 1990 onward.

    iMac was manufactured in Singapore.

    Carrolton, TX and Cork, Ireland opened in 1980. Carrolton was before my time and manufactured only Apple II as far as I know. I don't know when it closed. Singapore opened in 1981.

    Fremont was started in 1984 to manufacture the first generation Mac and closed in 1992, when Fountain and Sacramento were opened (the latter was actually a replacement/expansion of the Fremont operation).

    Fountain was sold-off to Apple subcontractor SCI (now Flextronics) in 1996 and stopped manufacturing Apple product soon after. I never visited but know this was, at peak, the largest Apple plant.

    Sacramento started in 1992 and closed in 2004, at which time Singapore and Cork ceased production of box build, becoming service centers.

    Only the Cork, Ireland facility remains as a service and and logistics center, and this was the last Apple factory operating as a box build plant ending with the G2 MacPro, although it still does MacPro system integration, and was the integration site for X-san servers until they were discontinued.

    Singapore was the largest pant for notebooks and iMacs, Cork, the most highly integrated in terms of product mix and  business functions, becoming and remaining to this day Apple's international (ex-USA) headquarters.

    Apple's organization and culture were not ideal for manufacturing and I personally think Jobs made the right decision to go fabless, and concentrate on design, which they excel at. In any case, they didn't have much choice as their US manufacturing plants were piled to the rafters with dead inventory and bleeding red ink at the time he returned.

    Manufacturing is a tough way to make a living.

    What about my Daughter's future?

    by koNko on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 08:05:07 AM PDT

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      I had a 128k Mac about as soon after they came out as I could get one. I well remember the highly-touted Fremont factory. And I remember hearing about Cork back in the day, also. But from there it got a bit hazy.

      Moderation in most things.

      by billmosby on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 11:35:06 AM PDT

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    •  Is there some reason I can't rec this? (0+ / 0-)

      I get no option to rec or hide any of your comments. Everyone else, yes. You, no buttons.

      Something I'm missing?

      The problem with going with your gut as opposed to your head is that the former is so often full of shit. - Randy Chestnut

      by lotusmaglite on Sat Mar 31, 2012 at 12:42:01 PM PDT

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