Apple makes ‘Made in America’ push, puts millions toward US plant


♪. CONNELL: SO APPLE, ANNOUNCING A 250 MILLION-DOLLAR INVESTMENT IN A KENTUCKY PLANT THAT MANUFACTURES SHATTER-PROOF GLASS. THE GLASS YOU SEE IN YOUR IPHONES, YOUR APPLE WATCHES, YOUR iPADS, BRET LARSEN FROM FOX NEWS RADIO SAT DOWN WITH CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER JEFF WILLIAMS AT THAT CORNING PLANT. JEFF COVERED A LOT OF GROUND. WHAT CAN YOU TELL US? REPORTER: GOOD MORNING OR GOOD AFTERNOON, RATHER. WE ARE INSIDE THE HARRODSBURG, KENTUCKY, PLANT, THE GORILLA PLANT, THE CORNING GLASS THAT IS IS MADE AND YOU CAN SEE IT COMING OFF THE ASSEMBLY LINE AS WE SPEAK. THIS STORY GOES BACK TO 2007.>>WHEN WE INTRODUCED THE IPHONE, THE iPHONE STEVE HELD UP ON STAGE, IT WAS ACTUALLY A PLASTIC COVERED iPHONE. THE WAY WE MADE IT, IS SIMILAR TO HOW WE DID OUR iPODS, IT WAS HARD COATED PLASTIC. THE NEXT DAY HE CALLED AND HE SAID, YOU KNOW, EVERYBODY WAS EXCITED ABOUT THE ANNOUNCEMENT. ONE PROBLEM. I’VE BEEN CARRYING IT AROUND IN MY POCKET AND THERE IS A BIG SCRATCH ON IT. IT HAS THIS BIG BEAUTIFUL SCREEN. HE SAYS I REALLY THINK WE SHOULD BE USING GLASS. I SAID, STEVE, WE’VE BEEN LOOKING AT GLASS. I THINK WITHIN A FEW YEARS THE TECHNOLOGY WILL MAKE IT POSSIBLE. HE SAID NO, NO, YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND. WHEN IT SHIPS IF JUNE, IT NEEDS TO BE GLASS. AND I SAID, YEAH, BUT WE’VE TRIED. WE LOOKED AT GLASS ALL OVER THE WORLD, WHEN YOU DROP IT IT BREAKS? I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU ARE GOING TO DO IT, WHEN IT SHIPS IN JUNE IT NEEDS TO BE GLASS. IT IS REALLY FUNNY, COUPLE DAYS LATER, WHEN DELL, THE CEO OF CORNING CALLED, YOUR BOSS CALLED ME AND SAID MY GLASS SUCKS. ANYWAY WHAT WAS REALLY INTERESTING. HE SAID HE HAD AN IDEA. CORNING DEVELOPED THIS GLASS A DECADE OR SO EARLIER, THAT THEY HAD SITTING ON THE SHELF, REALLY DIDN’T HAVE AN APPLICATION FOR IT. WE TRIED THAT. AND, AT FIRST IT DIDN’T WORK. WE KEPT WORKING ON IT TOGETHER WITH CORNING. AND, FINALLY THE LOGJAM BROKE. WHEN WE, WHEN WE SHIPPED THE IPHONE, IT WAS WITH CORNING GLASS. IT FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGED THE FORM OF THE iPHONE, HOW IT WAS RECEIVED. HOW THE WHOLE INDUSTRY OPERATES. THAT GLASS WAS DEVELOPED RIGHT HERE IN HARRODSBURG, KENTUCKY. IT IS REALLY, REALLY QUITE A STORY. REPORTER: HERE IS SORT OF THE COOKING SEGMENT HERE. WE HAVE, THIS IS THE RECIPE THAT THEY CAME UP WITH THAT HAS EVOLVED OVER THE LAST 13 YEARS TO MAKE GORILLA GLASS. THE SHEETS AS IT COMES OFF, BEFORE IT COMES PART OF YOUR SMARTPHONE. BILLIONS OF DEVICES AROUND THE WORLD HAVE GLASS THAT COMES FROM THIS FACTORY. WE ASKED JEFF ABOUT THE ONGOING TRADE WAR BETWEEN THE U.S. AND CHINA. HOW THAT WILL AFFECT THEIR ABILITY TO STAY COMPETITIVE WITH SAMSUNG. HERE IS WHAT HE SAID ABOUT KEEPING THAT PLAYING FIELD LEVEL.>>WHEN WE THINK ABOUT TARIFFS, WE BASICALLY HAVE TWO VERY LARGE COUNTRIES WITH COMPLEX ECONOMIES AND, WE KNOW THAT THERE IS SOME REAL ISSUES TO WORK THROUGH. HOWEVER WE’RE HOPEFUL THAT THAT WE’LL RESOLVE ALL OF THOSE. WE BELIEVE THAT FREE TRADE HELPS EVERYBODY INVOLVED AND SO WE’RE OPTIMISTIC THERE WILL BE A RESOLUTION ON THAT SITUATION. REPORTER: SO A 250 MILLION-DOLLAR INVESTMENT IN THE CORNING PLANT HERE IN HARRODSBURG, KENTUCKY, ANNOUNCED EARLIER TODAY THIS MORNING ON “MORNINGS WITH MARIA”. WE TALKED ABOUT THE STREAMING SERVICE, HOW MUCH IT WILL COST AND WHEN IT WILL LAUNCH. I ASKED JEFF IF WE WERE IN THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE STREAMING WARS?>>THE TV PLUS SERVICE IS, IT IS, IT IS, WE’RE GOING TO DELIVER SOME CONTENT THAT IS REALLY, REALLY INTERESTING AND THOUGHTFUL. WE HAVE SOME GREAT SHOWS LINED UP. ON YOUR QUESTION OF THE COMPETITION, WE THINK THERE IS PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITY FOR EVERYBODY IN THIS SPACE. THERE IS A LOT OF CONTENT TO BE CONSUMED. WE’RE FOCUSED ON MAKING REALLY, REALLY WONDERFUL CONTENT. WE’RE GOING TO DELIVER IT FOR A MONTHLY PRICE THAT IS BASICALLY THE COST OF RENTING ONE MOVIE. AND WE THINK THIS IS GOING TO BE GOOD FOR EVERYONE, AND THE FABULOUS STORYTELLERS THAT WE’RE WORKING WITH RIGHT NOW ARE SO EXCITED ABOUT WORKING WITH APPLE ON THIS. WE HAVE SOME GREAT STUFF COMING. IT IS VERY EARLY DAYS OF 5G AND THE EXPERIENCE ISN’T THERE YET FOR TO US PUT IT IN AN APPLE PRODUCT. WE DON’T FEEL LIKE OUR CUSTOMERS WOULD BE SATISFIED WITH IT. AND SO, WE’LL CONTINUE TO WATCH THE SPACE FOR THE FUTURE. REPORTER: A LOT OF GROUND COVERED IN OUR INTERVIEW WITH JEFF WILLIAMS. THERE IS THE COO OF APPLE. WE TALKED TO THEM ABOUT THEIR INVESTMENT HERE IN THE CORNING PLANTS IN KENTUCKY. THEY WORK WITH MANUFACTURERS IN OVER 35 STATES HERE IN THE U.S. THEY ALSO HAVE PARTNERS IN ALL 50 STATES INCLUDING HAWAII. I FOUND OUT ABOUT THAT AS WELL. THEY HAVE HAVE PEOPLE WHO WORK IN HAWAII THAT MAKE SURE STORES ARE SET UP PROPERLY. A LOT OF NEWS OUT OF APPLE TODAY. THE TIMING IS REALLY GREAT. GREAT TO BE HERE INSIDE OF THE CORNING FACTORY WHERE THERE ARE LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE TO MAKE SURE WHEN WE DROP OUR SMARTPHONES THERE IS A SOLID CHANCE WE’LL NOT PICK UP SOMETHING THAT IS SHATTERED. CONNELL: THAT IS PRETTY COOL, BRET. THE FIRST STORY IS A CLASSIC,

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