Apple and Intel got nods in President Obama’s State of the Union address, highlighting just one tech issue of many that made it into the Tuesday night speech.
The major tech firms received presidential mentions for their efforts to bring some of their manufacturing back to the United States, efforts the companies had previously announced. Intel does nearly all of its chip manufacturing in the United States and has committed to invest billions in U.S. factories. Late last year, Apple chief executive Tim Cook announced his company’s intention to make some of its Mac computer line in the United States, months after the issue of Apple’s outsourcing got a mention in the second presidential debate.
Apart from good press, tech companies also had a few things to celebrate out of Tuesday’s speech, including a call for immigration policy reform to “attract highly-skilled entrepreneurs and engineers” — something that high-tech companies have been requesting for years.