For Travis County Commissioners, it was an easy decision.
In a unanimous vote, they signed off on the federal Foreign Trade Zone application for Flextronics in North Austin, meaning the company can import raw materials and goods to make new products without paying federal taxes and duties.
"These are great opportunities and Flextronics pays great wages," Dave Porter with the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce said.
The company already employs about 2,500 people in Central Texas, making products for brand name companies.
"A lot of companies don't manufacture anymore. We actually manufacture for them and that's what we're going to be doing,” John Schell with Flextronics said.
Now they're bringing a desktop computer building operation to Texas
"The product is right now being manufactured in China," Schell said. "It's a conscious effort by Flextronics and our customer to bring jobs back to the United States."
However, there’s a hint of mystery to the Flextronics deal
"A lot of times, they do not disclose who their clients are, who they're making product for," Porter said.
Flextronics won't say, but industry experts speculate they're likely building computers for Apple.
"These companies are based in the United States and it's just something that we feel is in the best interest of the country," Schell said.
Whatever the brand name is, the new jobs will open doors to semi-skilled workers with a growing manufacturing base.
"These are great opportunities for that growing gap in our demographic that does not have a college degree," Porter said. "We have several other manufacturers that we're courting that will be, potentially, moving to the area soon."
Flextronics also included a new Pflugerville location for the trade zone designation.
The company has already starting hiring. Check their website at Flextronics.com.