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Should the U.S. Seek More Tech Manufacturing?
What should the United States do to encourage high-tech manufacturing, or are those jobs not worth it pursuing? Focus on Component Production Clyde Prestowitz August 6, 2012 The key to having more high-tech manufacturing in the United States is to have the expensive technical components of Apple products, like digital signal processors and electronic displays, made in America. Production of those components can be done competitively in the United States and would create good, high-wage jobs. There?s little advantage to focusing too much attention on where the low-cost assembly of those components takes place. For purposes of diversification and rapid delivery, Apple might want to have some assembly done in the United States, but this would not be competitive on a production-cost basis with assembly in China. Click here to read the entire article and those of other debaters at the New York Times