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November 5, 2013

Apple to Open Environmentally-Friendly Manufacturing Plant in Arizona

Apple image — The Apple iPad.

Apple is finally making good on a year-old promise: to create manufacturing jobs in the United States.

The technology titan has announced its newest manufacturing facility, which will run on 100 percent renewable energy, will be built in Mesa, Ariz. The plant will make components for Apple products.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says the facility will create 2,000 new jobs for the area — 700 “quality” positions in the first year and approximately 1,300 construction and other jobs.

“Apple is indisputably one of the world’s most innovative companies and I’m thrilled to welcome them to Arizona,” Brewer said in a statement on her website.

“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.”

Apple announced last December it had plans to dig deep into its coffers to build Mac computers in the U.S.

The $100-million-plus plan would mean the company would transfer a small slice of manufacturing away from China, where its products have been produced for years.

“Next year we’re going to bring some production to the U.S.,” CEO Tim Cook told Bloomberg Businessweek last winter. “This doesn’t mean that Apple will do it ourselves, but we’ll be working with people and we’ll be investing our money.”

Apple moved manufacturing to China from the U.S. in the late 1990s to benefit from the country’s lower labor costs.

The plan will barely put a dent in Apple’s billions of dollars of reserve cash, and is unlikely to have much impact on profit margins.

Bloomberg Businessweek described the move as a reflection of the pressure companies now face to create domestic jobs as the unemployment rate sits at about eight percent and the economy rebounds from the recession that ended in 2009.

“I don’t think we have a responsibility to create a certain kind of job,” Cook said. “But I think we do have a responsibility to create jobs.”



Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.