The next Apple product you may purchase might be manufactured right here in the USA. The world’s most valuable company is finalizing the stages to open a new factory in Arizona.
Apple partnered up with GT Advanced Technologies Inc. to supply equipment for the brand new factory. GT Advanced received $578 million in the deal to provide machinery which makes material out of sapphire. This is commonly used on smartphones to cover camera lenses and home buttons.
The U.S. factory comes after years of Apple receiving criticism for outsourcing their product line overseas with Asian suppliers such as Foxconn Technology Group. Apple CEO Tim Cook has made it a priority to bring more jobs to the United States since being under the keen eye of labor groups and politicians.
Kristin Huguet, a spokeswoman for Apple made an official statement regarding the new plant: “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. This new plant will make components for Apple products and it will run on 100 percent renewable energy from day one.”