November 5, 2013: Apple's new Made in the U.S.A. commitment dwarfs Walmart's

Posted by mmcmullan on 11/05/2013

Good morning,

Happy Tuesday! Last week, import retail colossus Walmart (global revenue in 2012: $446.9 billion) announced that through a handful of new purchasing agreements with American manufacturers, it would be helping to create 385 manufacturing jobs in the U.S. of A. Walmart CEO Bill Simon managed to get an Obama administration cabinet secretary to stand next to him while he made the announcement:

No doubt, 385 new manufacturing jobs is a tiny dose of good news. Even better news: Apple -- no stranger to the import game itself -- is bringing 2,000 such jobs to Arizona. Bloomberg News' Adam Satariano has the story:

’We are proud to expand our domestic manufacturing initiative with a new facility in Arizona, creating more than 2,000 jobs in engineering, manufacturing and construction,’ said Kristin Huguet, a spokeswoman for Apple. ‘This new plant will make components for Apple products and it will run on 100 percent renewable energy from day one.’

Dang. Way to kick your American-made cred up a notch, Apple.

Elsewhere around the web:

With all the recent news surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, the second round of negotiations on the White House’s other big trade push -- the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) -- will begin next week in Brussels. The Hill's Vicki Needham says the hot topic is government procurement. Stay tuned.

In Rockford, Illinois, the locals are embracing the maker revolution. The city has partnered with Etsy to put unemployed (largely factory) workers back on the job. Check out Al Jazeera America for the story.

Get to know Chinese President Xi Jinping: In a rural village in China’s Hunan Province, a local citizen couldn’t identify the leader of the world’s most populous nation when he walked into her home for some man-of-the-people politicking -- and her reaction wasn’t uncommon, writes Austin Ramzy of the New York Times.

But the world’s will know more of what Xi’s all about real soon. China’s top communist party officials are gathering for the Third Plenum next week, reports Linda Yueh for the BBC:

The Third Plenum is typically when significant reforms are announced. It's usually about a year into the term of China's new president and premier, so they have secured their positions sufficiently to unveil their plans for their decade in power.

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