Apple Will Invest $2 Billion to Convert GT Advanced Plant Into Global Command Center

Apple Will Invest $2 Billion to Convert GT Advanced Plant Into Global Command Center

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Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has announced that Apple will 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.

The facility is expected to employ 150 full-time Apple employees, with 300-500 construction and trade jobs. Additionally, Apple is making a significant investment to power the facility with 100 percent renewable energy -- building and financing solar projects that will take advantage of Arizona's excellent solar resources. The projects will produce 70 MW of clean energy, enough to power more than 14,500 Arizona homes.

"This is a great day for Arizona, and we have moved rapidly to make this happen and take advantage of Apple's interest in our state," said Governor Ducey. "Apple is by far one of the most innovative and successful companies in the world. Its decision to bring this new facility to Mesa is a huge win for Arizona and a high testament to our business-friendly climate and talented workforce. This expansion will bring a significant economic investment, and propel Arizona's position as one of the best states in the nation in which to do business. I'm proud to continue our partnership with Apple with this new project."

What Apple would do with the plant was unclear after GT Advanced declared bankruptcy to get out of its contracts with Apple and its sapphire production deal fell apart.

At the time, Apple said "we remain committed to the city and we’re going to work with Mesa and Maricopa County to help the GT Advanced employees who will be impacted by this find new jobs."

Commenting on the new project, Apple said, "This multibillion-dollar project is one of the largest investments we've ever made, and when completed it will add over 600 engineering and construction jobs to the more than one million jobs Apple has already created in the U.S."

Apple Will Invest $2 Billion to Convert GT Advanced Plant Into Global Command Center

La Emigra - February 3, 2015 at 3:16am
You can finally get your family out of hiding eh?
Chinky Chink - February 3, 2015 at 2:14am
How about use the plant to move the production/assembly of Apple products back to the USA. I want to see the day when I look at the back of every Apple products say "Made or Assembled in USA". NO MORE MADE IN CHINKYLAND PLEASE! Also, I am sure Arizona will make sure those jobs are given to LEGAL AMERICANS too.
Ban the Trolls - February 3, 2015 at 2:42am
Id love to see production come back to the U.S. too, but it will never happen. Especially with a highly produced product like the iPhone's, iPads and macs. Labor laws and high wages in the US is what stops that. They moved Mac Pro production and manufacturing to the U.S. but that isn't as highly produced as the other products. And even if they could some how hire illegal Mexicans for production in the us it just wouldn't work. Especially with labor laws and the government breathing down everyones necks. And I don't think quality would be as good either. It's sad to say but Chinese made products are here to stay.
Ban the Trolls - February 3, 2015 at 2:45am
If production were to come here prices of idevices and Macs would be outrageous. I bet double or even triple what they are now.
Chunky Chunk - February 3, 2015 at 3:14am
If they hired fat lazy americans all you get is are disability claims and complains from working hard. Why bother.
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