Apple is to build a new manufacturing facility in Mesa, Arizona the State has confirmed today. The project will create 1300 construction and site management jobs and then a further 700 once it opens for business. Also on the cards will be solar power, according to the report:
"Apple is indisputably one of the world’s most innovative companies and I’m thrilled to welcome them to Arizona,” said Governor 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.”
The purpose of the new facility is yet to be announced, but it's likely part of Apple's ongoing plans to bring part of its manufacturing back to the United States. One speculation is that it could be used for the manufacture of sapphire crystal, such as that used in the Touch ID home button according to an Apple component supplier:
The company also announced that it has entered into a multi-year supply agreement with Apple Inc. to provide sapphire material. GT will own and operate ASF® furnaces and related equipment to produce the material at an Apple facility in Arizona where GT expects to employ over 700 people.
No details on prospective timelines exist right now, but Apple's commitment to more U.S. based manufacturing operations continues to gain ground.