Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) had a deal with GT Advanced Technologies Inc to supply sapphire glass for its products. But as the deal fell apart, GT Advanced filed for bankruptcy. This has created an uncertainty over the existence of GT Advanced Technologies Inc’s Arizona facility. It had also caused a lot of job loss in Arizona. But in a recent turnaround Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) had announced that it will take over the GT Advanced plant in Arizona. CNBC’s Josh Lipton reported about the developments on this in CNBC.
Lipton said that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is going to expand its footprint in Arizona making a $2 billion investment in Mesa. He added that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) would construct a new global data center in Mesa, which will act as a command for its global networks. He mentioned that this is one of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s largest investment.
Lipton added that this would create nearly 600 engineering and construction job in Arizona. He said like all other Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s data centers, this new center would also be powered by 100% renewable energy.
He said that the plant was formerly used by GT Advanced Technologies and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) also confirmed that the site will not be used to make Sapphire glasses as GT Advanced Technologies. He mentioned that Arizona Governor feels this as a great win for the state, which would also create a lot of jobs for the state.
“Apple is going to expand its footprint in Arizona making a $2 billion investment Mesa, Arizona for what Apple is calling a new data center. It will be a command center for its global networks. One of the Apple’s largest investments. Its going to mean 600 engineering and construction jobs. Like all data centers it will be powered by 100% renewable energy. This site used to be housed by GT Advanced Technologies, that was the company that supplied sapphire material to Apple, later filed for bankruptcy. Apple will not be using this site to manufacture Sapphire. They are just being used as a new data center,” Lipton said.
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