Tim Cook Tells NBC Apple Will Be Building Macs In The U.S.

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Source: Philip Elmer-DeWitt / CNN Money

FORTUNE — Tim Cook drops a bombshell in his interview with Brian Williams scheduled to air Thursday evening: Apple (AAPL) next year will begin manufacturing one of its existing Mac lines exclusively in the U.S.

The news came in a NBC release posted early Thursday morning. “We’ve been working for years on doing more and more in the United States,” Cook tells Williams in a Rock Center broadcast scheduled for 10 p.m. Eastern. The NBC video.

Apple shipped the vast majority of its manufacturing to China shortly after Cook joined Apple from Compaq. He didn’t specify which line of Macs would be made in the U.S., but reports last week that some of the new 21-inch iMacs come with “Assembled in the USA” labels on them is strongly suggestive. (Note, however, that soldering in a few parts in an iMac is not the same as building an entirely new manufacturing plant.)

In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek released the same morning, Cook offers a bit more detail. He tells editor Josh Tyrangiel that the company plans to spend more than $100 million next year to shift assembly from Foxconn’s Chinese plants to facilities in the U.S. “This doesn’t mean that Apple will do it ourselves,” he says, “but we’ll be working with people and we’ll be investing our money.”

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