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It will create 2,000 jobs

Apple is looking to expand its manufacturing efforts in the U.S. with a new glass plant in Arizona. 

Apple plans to stamp "Made in USA" on more Apple products as it prepares to build a manufacturing facility in Mesa, Arizona. GT Advanced Technologies -- a tech company providing crystal growth equipment and solutions for the global solar, LED and electronics industries -- unveiled the plans, saying it will produce sapphire material for Apple in the new plant.

Sapphire glass is used in iPhone cameras and the Touch ID sensor, meaning GT Advanced Technologies will probably make the glass here in the U.S. now via the Arizona plant once it's built. 

The deal includes a $580 million prepayment that will be given back to Apple over five years starting in 2015. It also assures that GT keeps a minimum level of manufacturing capacity.

A few other details regarding the new plant have surfaced as well, such as the fact that it will create 2,000 jobs (700 permanent jobs and 1,300 construction jobs) and will be a green plant running on renewable energy 100 percent from the day it opens. 

"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," said Apple. "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."

Arizona seems pretty happy about the new deal with Apple as well. 

“Apple is indisputably one of the world’s most innovative companies and I’m thrilled to welcome them to Arizona,” said Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. “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. Their investment in renewable energy will also be greening our power grid, and creating significant new solar and geothermal power sources for the state. As Governor, I’ve worked hard to demonstrate that Arizona is open for business. Today’s news is proof that’s paying off.”

Apple already manufactures the MacBook Pro in Texas. 

Source: Engadget

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By troysavary on 11/5/2013 7:54:29 AM , Rating: 1
So some other company manufactures something and builds a new plant to build said material, but Apple gets praised for being innovative and creating jobs? All Apple is doing is buying the product.

By UpSpin on 11/5/2013 8:53:20 AM , Rating: 5
No, Apple is the moving power here. Apple could have bought the product from china, but they invested their money in this company to probably force them to build a plant in the US, for Apples, most probably, exclusive use. They probably haven't given them the money in cash, but made a contract in which Apple agrees to order the next 10 years or so a specific amount of glass from them.
The same way they invested money in Corning and were the reason Corning is so successful today. Of course, Corning existed years before, they even had the technology years before the iPhone was build, but Apple was the investor, the moving force which forced them to start mass production of Gorilla glass.

By Shadowself on 11/5/2013 9:28:37 AM , Rating: 2
Other than the fact that Apple is the moving force here you got virtually everything wrong.

Apple is paying $580 million up front. They are not paying for product over time. It's the exact inverse. Apple is getting product over a five year period for that $580 million up front payment. Additionally, Apple is not an investor in GT AT. Apple is just guaranteeing to buy a large amount of product over five years and paying for it up front.

Apple is also refurbishing a former solar array factory with GT AT agreeing to put its equipment directly into that factory.

Apple did not invest in Corning. Apple pushed Corning to make Gorilla Glass based items for its products. Apple guaranteed to financially help with the development for its products and got a short term exclusive deal for Gorilla Glass for things like the iPhone. That exclusivity has been long dead.

With deals like these, why does anyone continue to wonder why Apple likes to keep so much cash on hand?

By DT_Reader on 11/5/2013 12:07:17 PM , Rating: 1
but Apple was the investor, the moving force which forced them to start mass production of Gorilla glass.

Apple did not invest in Corning's plant, Corning did. Apple did not invent Gorilla Glass, Corning did. Apple did not "force" them to start mass production, they simply presented a specification for a new type of glass and Corning invented it for them. Because Corning is the glass experts and they were able to invent it for them. Now Apple thinks because they're the customer suddenly they're the experts? Specifying something and being able to mass produce it are two different things, which I'm sure Apple will soon learn. When the arrogant bastards can't meet production and go crawling back to Corning, I hope Corning says "Too bad, so sad, we're selling Gorilla Glass to your competitors now and have no capacity for you."

By futrtrubl on 11/5/2013 12:20:00 PM , Rating: 2
Gorilla Glass and sapphire glass have completely different uses here and so are not in competition. Apple won't go running back to Gorilla Glass because they haven't left Gorilla Glass. Gorilla Glass is used on the screen while sapphire glass is used on smaller areas like the camera windows and the new fingerprint sensor.
Otherwise I agree with everything else you said ;']

By FITCamaro on 11/6/2013 7:27:12 AM , Rating: 2
The point of this is to allow them to move to sapphire glass on the screen.

By ilt24 on 11/5/2013 2:14:37 PM , Rating: 2
This plant is being built because Apple is paying for it. Apple will own the plant and front GT the money to buy and install equipment in it which GT will then operate using their manufacturing if one thinks this is a good thing, then I think Apple deserves a good amount of the credit.

By Kiffberet on 11/6/2013 7:49:34 AM , Rating: 2
There are Far too many iHaters on this second rate technology website.

Apple is an American company. It is one of the biggest companies in the world. Billions of dollar of profits are made each year around the world and returned to the US.
US citizens, employees or shareholders, then spend the money and create other jobs, in the US.

Whether you like the company or not, it benefits you, your family and your friends directly or indirectly.

Samsung/HTC/Lenovo/Nokia... they take money from the US and distribute it around their own countries, which benefits the US in no way, shape or form.

Granted you do get a phone/notebook/laptop in exchange for a pile of paper, but that's another discussion.

By retrospooty on 11/6/2013 9:57:06 AM , Rating: 2
Your grasp of the bold button is impressive , its your grasp of reality and "defend Apple first" mentality that people take issue with.

Not in my backyard!
By retrospooty on 11/5/2013 9:04:54 AM , Rating: 1
Oh crap, this is right in my backyard. The douches are coming, the douches are coming!

RE: Not in my backyard!
By DT_Reader on 11/5/2013 12:09:26 PM , Rating: 1
If this is in your backyard, the douches ( are already there.

RE: Not in my backyard!
By retrospooty on 11/5/13, Rating: 0
RE: Not in my backyard!
By Spuke on 11/5/2013 3:52:19 PM , Rating: 2
You don't like Arpaio? Why? I'm really curious what your answer is?

RE: Not in my backyard!
By retrospooty on 11/5/2013 4:00:31 PM , Rating: 1
Well, he is f$%kicg horrible Sheriff that is more concerned with politics and his personal vendetta against brown people than he is about real crime. He ignores 100's of child abuse/molestation cases while he carries out neighborhood sweeps (I shit you not) in Mexican neighborhoods. If there is a single politician worse than Obama right now, it is Arpaio. Absolutely sickening.

RE: Not in my backyard!
By carigis on 11/5/2013 8:26:20 PM , Rating: 3
illegal is illegal.. get over it.

heres a statistic for you.. not a racist comment.. but a statistic that you may not be happy with... brown/black people are responsible for over 60% of all violent crime in america according to US DOJ uniform crime reports.. so.. Id say he is concerned about "real crime".. just sayin

illegal immigration is a huge problem in his state and a financial drain on the economy...there very first action in the country was to commit a criminal act of trespass... just sayin

RE: Not in my backyard!
By retrospooty on 11/6/2013 2:50:26 AM , Rating: 1
"illegal immigration is a huge problem in his state and a financial drain on the economy"

That is just wrong, and always the first lie he starts with. It is neither. You are absolutely clueless about the entire issue if you start with that. But yes, let's ignore child abuse and molestors to go after dishwashers trying to fees their kids and gardeners doing jobs that we won't do.

RE: Not in my backyard!
By FITCamaro on 11/6/2013 7:30:08 AM , Rating: 3
The fact that they're trying to do "honest" jobs here doesn't change the fact that they're here illegally (a crime) and are a drain on the system as they pay no taxes but send their kids to schools, use the health care system for free, drive without insurance, get food stamps, etc.

RE: Not in my backyard!
By retrospooty on 11/6/2013 9:16:48 AM , Rating: 2
That's all fine and dandy, and by illegal they should be dealt with, but when your Sheriff is ignoring over 400 child molestation cases and 1000's of abuse cases any many other crimes to run sweeps in Mexican neighborhoods to get illegals its just too far. Illegal immigration is one of MANY issues and MANY MANY crimes but it's all Joe cares about and all he acts on, and all that gets press... He is a total one trick pony and exaggerates the issue worse than Obama on healthcare. The only way to get him to go after a child molester if the molester was an illegal Mexican and the victim a Non-Mexican. There are alot of other crimes ignored as well while he focus's on the minor issues. He's just a bad Sheriff period. The only reason anyone nationally knows who he is at all is because he politicizes the issue.

RE: Not in my backyard!
By retrospooty on 11/6/2013 9:54:06 AM , Rating: 2
Also, not to mention the obvious, but some people seem to be missing it... Immigration is NOT something for a County Sheriff to mandate. It is a federal issue that possibly crosses into state issues... I think everyone agree's its been handled badly for decaades. But under NO circumstances should a county Sheriff have any say in the matter. The fact that Joe gets national attention speaks volumes about his ambitions and bully boy tactics.

RE: Not in my backyard!
By Motoman on 11/5/2013 2:27:04 PM , Rating: 2
Watch out for that smug cloud...

Yo haters, where are the positive comments?
By lawrance on 11/5/2013 7:41:07 PM , Rating: 2
Man, I know most of you on here are Apple haters, but you can't even compliment Apple for bringing 2,000 American jobs to Arizona? Apple is also going to make the Mac Pro in the USA and I suppose many of you will find issues / insults with that deal too. I mean, what does Apple have to do to get a freakin compliment from you?

I myself am not a Microsoft fan but if they opened a plant here in the states to create American jobs, you better believe I would applaud their efforts. Would I run out and buy a Windoz phone? Probably not. But I certainly wouldn't try and discredit them in any way, shape or form for their efforts to bring manufacturing jobs back to the USA.

Struggling to find negative comments on this article just makes you look like a douche.

RE: Yo haters, where are the positive comments?
By carigis on 11/5/2013 8:30:22 PM , Rating: 2
sure 2,000 (another company is hiring) and 95,000 apple jobs in china...

RE: Yo haters, where are the positive comments?
By lawrance on 11/5/2013 8:42:39 PM , Rating: 2
Um, no, those jobs in China are through Foxconn. But Apple does employ over 50,000 people.

RE: Yo haters, where are the positive comments?
By carigis on 11/5/2013 9:45:18 PM , Rating: 2
they are employed by apple in the same way you are saying these new 2000 jobs are created by apple.

RE: Yo haters, where are the positive comments?
By lawrance on 11/5/2013 10:16:47 PM , Rating: 2
The same Foxconn that makes thousands of products for Google, Dell, Cisco, HP, Acer, Amazon, Vizio, Microsoft, Toshiba, Motorola, Sony, Nokia, Nintento etc...?

You sir are not worth arguing with if you think it's appropriate to call the employee's of Foxconn "Apple Employee's"

My statement was that Apple helped to create 2,000 American jobs. Whether Apple signs the paychecks or not, they should still be credited with the job creation by fronting the money and putting the contract in place.

RE: Yo haters, where are the positive comments?
By carigis on 11/6/2013 12:04:46 AM , Rating: 2
you make no sense.. the company with the 2000 jobs are going to be making products for other companies as well.. apple is just buying a large quanity..

and regardless of the fact foxconn works for other companies.. they have a huge amount of employees working specifically on apple products. so by your definition.. they were jobs brought into china by apple. you cant have your cake and eat it too.

they could pay americans to do it..however, they choose not to and instread decided to use practically slave labor oversea's..

to the point they have to net the buildings and make the employees sign agreements promising not to kill themselves..

I think you see the world thru rose colored glasses as far as apple is concerned...

By slunkius on 11/6/2013 3:46:21 AM , Rating: 2
that does not negate the fact that this specific factory could have been built in china/vietnam/whatever now is cheapest. but it is being built in usa. still not good for you?

By Kiffberet on 11/6/2013 7:39:25 AM , Rating: 2
Smart phone manufactures will only open factories in the US when either:
a) Americans choose to work for less than $10,000 a year, or
b) Robots can do it cheaper.

Blaming Apple for using Foxconn and not Americans is a fair argument, but also very uninformed and naive. iPhones would cost $2000 each if that was the case, and no-one would buy them, so Apple would go broke, and all those manufacturing jobs would be gone.

Thanks, Daily Tech!
By MrBlastman on 11/5/2013 11:23:39 AM , Rating: 2
Thanks to whomever here it was (I believe Jason but maybe Tiffany), ya'll ran an article back in April about GTAT creating this sapphire process. Well, I bought the stock--a lot of it, at 3 bucks a share in April. It hit 10 today.

Thanks guys! :)

Keep up the great reporting and let us know about all the neat new tech ideas/research/projects/goodies/etc!

RE: Thanks, Daily Tech!
By DT_Reader on 11/5/2013 12:10:56 PM , Rating: 1
And now that Apple is going to make this stuff themselves, you'd best dump that stock before it tanks.

RE: Thanks, Daily Tech!
By MrBlastman on 11/5/2013 12:23:19 PM , Rating: 2
Say what? They're using GTAT to make it... and paying them a lot of money. As is any company, attention to details is where it is at as much as gut instinct.

I'm going to be watching it closely over the next few days and weeks.

RE: Thanks, Daily Tech!
By Spuke on 11/5/2013 1:00:16 PM , Rating: 2
Damn! Missed it. :( There's probably some more growth here but not $3 to $10 growth.

By lagomorpha on 11/5/2013 8:06:27 AM , Rating: 2
Sapphire glass is used in iPhone cameras and the Touch ID sensor

Quite an expense to go to for extra scratch resistance.

RE: Expensive
By Guspaz on 11/5/2013 2:04:35 PM , Rating: 2
Is it? They cover a small surface area, and those areas are far more sensitive to scratches.

A small scratch on the screen is annoying, but that's all. A small scratch on the camera lens cover or touch ID sensor potentially ruins that feature of the device.

It's about optimizing for use case. Sapphire glass is more scratch resistant than gorilla glass, but it's less flexible and so shatters more easily. But if you only use it for a very small part, like a tiny camera lens cover, the risk of shattering is virtually non-existent and the extra scratch resistance can be valuable.

RE: Expensive
By ritualm on 11/5/2013 7:21:35 PM , Rating: 2
Quite an expense to go to for extra scratch resistance.

Expense well spent when it's used on an input device component. The effect of a hairline scratch over the camera's topmost element shows up on every subsequent picture taken by the camera; this is why most camera and lenses makers recommend treating those glass lenses with care.

Like the Wikipedia page for "Mac Pro" says:
By CZroe on 11/5/2013 8:36:34 AM , Rating: 2
Like the Wikipedia page for "Mac Pro" says:
"Not to be confuse with MacBook Pro"
The MacBook Pro is the one made in Texas.

By CZroe on 11/5/2013 10:36:45 AM , Rating: 2
And there I go, making the same mistake. The MacBook Pro is NOT the one made in Texas. That would be the Mac Pro.

By DT_Reader on 11/5/2013 12:01:52 PM , Rating: 2
I doubt that Corning Glass and Kentucky are happy about it. What arrogance on Apple's part to think they know more about making glass than the global experts. GM and Ford buy literally more glass each day than Apple ever will, and they don't make it themselves. Ford used to make glass (at one time Ford made everything that went into a Model A except the tires), but even they gave it up.

By futrtrubl on 11/5/2013 12:24:05 PM , Rating: 2
They don't think they know more than glass experts. They are going to a (different) glass expert for a (different) piece of glass. They aren't making it themselves. Gorilla glass and sapphire glass do not compete, gorilla glass is used for the screen and sapphire glass for smaller areas that need greater scratch protection, like the camera windows and fingerprint sensors, as stated in the article.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007

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