Apple brings 2,000 manufacturing jobs to Arizona

Apple is opening a plant that will run entirely on renewable energy, and create thousands of jobs

By Adam Satariano

Published November 5, 2013 1:17PM (EST)

Nov. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. said it’s opening a new plant in Mesa, Arizona, and will hire 2,000 workers to make components for its products.

The facility will run entirely on renewable energy, Apple said in an e-mailed statement. The company is also paying GT Advanced Technologies Inc. $578 million to supply equipment for the factory, GT Advanced said in a separate statement. Apple didn’t specify what products the plant will make parts for.

After years of outsourcing much of its manufacturing to suppliers in China such as Foxconn Technology Group, Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook has made adding jobs in the U.S. a priority. The Cupertino, California-based company next month will release a new Mac Pro that is being assembled in the U.S.

“We are proud to expand our domestic manufacturing initiative with a new facility in Arizona, creating more than 2,000 jobs in engineering, manufacturing and construction,” Apple said in a statement. “This new plant will make components for Apple products and it will run on 100 percent renewable energy from day one.”

GT Technologies, based in Merrimack, New Hampshire, said it has entered in to a multiyear agreement with Apple. Apple is prepaying the company $578 million, which it will reimburse over five years starting in 2015, the company said. Under terms of the deal, Apple will receive some exclusivity rights from GT.


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