Apple's announcement last week that it would move some manufacturing back to the United States won praise for helping to bring factory jobs home. But Apple's competitors were considerably less impressed.
The reaction of those other consumer electronics companies to Apple's decision to assemble some computers in the U.S. again was simple: Welcome to the club.
For instance, Hewlett-Packard was quick to point out that it never stopped building PCs in the U.S. According to HP, 36% of its business desktops and 100% of its workstation PCs are built in the U.S. This year the company will make 2.9 million PCs domestically.
“HP PCs have been assembled in the U.S. since the beginning,” Tony Prophet, senior vice president of operations for HP’s Printing and Personal Systems group, said in a blog post last week. “For example, every HP desktop workstation PC sold in the U.S. is assembled in Indianapolis."
Apple's announcement also came several weeks after Chinese-owned PC giant Lenovo said it planned to expand its manufacturing in the U.S., creating 115 new jobs.