The investment is being sourced from the $1 billion Advanced Manufacturing Fund that Apple created to support the manufacturing industry in the United States, thereby creating more jobs for USA nationals.
Finisar - which is based in Sunnyvale, Calif. - will open a manufacturing plant in Sherman, Texas, about an hour north of Dallas, creating more than 500 jobs. Apple replaced that with Face ID, its own version of facial recognition which has been prevalent in Android phones since the time Android 4.0 ICS. The 700,000-square foot plant in the town of Sherman, which was closed in 2012, will provide jobs for 500 skilled workers and start shipping in the second half of 2018.
President Donald Trump is among the public figures pushing for Apple to move at least some of its manufacturing business to the United States.
'VCSELs power some of the most sophisticated technology we've ever developed and we're thrilled to partner with Finisar over the next several years to push the boundaries of VCSEL technology and the applications they enable, ' said Jeff Williams, Apple's chief operating officer.
"We're excited to continue our innovation with Apple of a technology that has tremendous potential", said Jerry S. Rawls, CEO of Finisar, in a press release.
Sherman mayor David Plyler said: "Sherman is the flawless place for Finisar's significant investment in their operations and facilities and we couldn't be more grateful for their confidence".
Apple's fund is created to assist the growth of US-based manufacturing, as it seeks to bring a little more production back to the States.
A Finisar technician examines a wafer during production. "We're extremely proud that our involvement will help transform another American community into a manufacturing powerhouse".
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