Apple CFO Luca Maestri and other top executives told Mesa Mayor John Giles in Cupertino, California, last week the now firm plans for its East Valley facility are better news than the speculation earlier this year. The 1.2 million-square-foot Apple Mesa data center will be led by a small contingent of Apple executives moving to the Silicon Desert from Silicon Valley. The remaining executive, leadership and engineering staff will be hired from local talent.
Mayor Giles said he was reminded by Apple that the first round of hiring in Austin totaled 150 people.
"There could be more hires," said Giles. "They told me that Apple has a history of expanding where it has a major footprint and Austin now has more than 6,000 workers,"
In early February, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced that Apple would make a $2 billion investment in Mesa to convert the GT Advanced plant into a command center for the company's global networks. The investment will be one of the company's largest ever. Initially, the Mesa location was to be used by GT Advanced to produce sapphire crystal glass for Apple; however, the company declared bankruptcy to get out of its contracts with Apple and the sapphire production deal fell apart.
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