Apple bites into Arizona
A couple months ago, we told you about good news and new jobs from the Apple Corporation. And today, there’s even more good news, as the tech giant has announced plans to locate a new manufacturing operation in Mesa.
The new facility will create 700 new jobs, as well as 1,300 construction jobs, according to a press release from Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.
“Apple is indisputably one of the world’s most innovative companies and I’m thrilled to welcome them to Arizona,” said Brewer. “Their investment in renewable energy will also be greening our power grid, and creating significant new solar and geothermal power sources for the state.”
In honoring the effort to bring Apple to Arizona, Brewer lauded the hard work and a statewide collaborative effort led by the Arizona Commerce Authority in conjunction with partners at Salt River Project, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, the city of Mesa and Maricopa County.
“It is a pleasure to welcome one of the most admired companies in the world to our great state,” said Sandra Watson, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “Apple’s confidence in Arizona and its selection of Mesa as the site of its newest manufacturing facility represents an enormous win for our state and a historic investment in our community – one that will create hundreds of quality jobs for Arizonans. Apple’s commitment to manufacturing that will rely on renewable energy further demonstrates its forward-thinking, progressive nature and Arizona’s advanced capabilities in producing and delivering renewable power. Salt River Project has been instrumental in working with Apple to create additional advanced renewable energy sources that will power next-generation manufacturing.”
The new Apple manufacturing facility in Mesa will be a solar powered facility located in the vacant First Solar Inc. building. The factory will be operated by an Apple components supplier.