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Apple to Open Arizona Component Manufacturing Plant

Apple to Open Arizona Component Manufacturing Plant

Apple will build its next manufacturing facility in Arizona, Governor Jan Brewer announced last week. The facility in Mesa will create at least 700 jobs in the first year, as well as approximately 1,300 construction and other jobs.

“Apple is indisputably one of the world’s most innovative companies and I’m thrilled to welcome them to Arizona,” Brewer said. “Apple will have an incredibly positive economic impact for Arizona and its decision to locate here speaks volumes about the friendly, pro-business climate we have been creating these past four years. Apple’s investment in renewable energy will also be greening our power grid, and creating significant new solar and geothermal power sources for the state.”

Apple will work with GT Advanced Technologies on the project. Neither the governor nor GT provided details on exactly which Apple products the new facility will manufacture.

In a statement, Apple said it is “proud to expand our domestic manufacturing initiative with a new facility in Arizona, creating more than 2,000 jobs in engineering, manufacturing, and construction. This new plant will make components for Apple products and it will run on 100% renewable energy from day one, as a result of the work we are doing with SRP to create green energy sources to power the facility.”

While most Apple gadgets are produced overseas, particularly in China with the assistance of Foxconn, Apple CEO Tim Cook promised last year that “some production” on the Mac would move to the US. The company also has a plant in Elk Grove, Calif.

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