(Ping! Zine Tech Magazine) – Apple has announced its partnership with GT Advanced to build a second US factory in Mesa, Arizona. Over 2,000 jobs in manufacturing, construction, and engineering will be created by the new factory.
GT Advanced signed a supply agreement with Apple to supply the company with sapphire material, which is used in many Apple products such as the iPhone 5.
According to a report from Pocket-lint, GT stated, “Apple will provide GT with a prepayment of approximately $578 million. GT will reimburse Apple for the prepayment over five years, starting in 2015.”
The move arrives after Apple announced plans for a solar panel farm in July.