The funds came from Apple’s Advanced Manufacturing Fund. Apple chief executive Tim Cook announced the fund to show the company’s commitment to job creation in the U.S. Apple is one of the companies that President Donald Trump has criticized for making products overseas. Apple also awarded $200 million to Kentucky-based glass company Corning to research and produce scratch-resistant glass used for iPhones. Many of the 200 employees hired by Finisar are from North Texas cities, such as Sherman or Denton — but some engineers have been hired from as far away as North Carolina, California, Colorado, Massachusetts and New York, Finisar spokeswoman Victoria McDonald said. About 70 percent of the employees are high school graduates, she said. About 30 percent have college degrees or higher. Brown said the company benefited from North Texas’ history of semiconductor makers like Texas Instruments. It could also draw from Sherman’s industrial hubs, such as the facility of juice maker Sunny Delight and meat processor for Tyson Foods. McDonald would not say what the starting salary is for Finisar’s Sherman employees. Finisar is working with local community college Grayson College and a local high school program to grow the pipeline of qualified employees. It donated $25,000 to a dual-credit training program for high school students interested in a career in advanced manufacturing. Brown said Finisar is focused on making VCSELs for smartphones, but wants to expand into the automotive market. He said the lasers could be used for high-tech features in cars, such as a depth perception tool that detects if a driver is falling asleep.