Apple says it will open a manufacturing plant in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa that will eventually employ 700 workers.
The Cupertino, California maker of the iPhone confirmed Monday that it is expanding its U.S. manufacturing operations in a former First Solar plant in Mesa. The city southeast of Phoenix already hosts a long list of high-tech manufacturing firms. About 13-hundred construction jobs will also be created as the First Solar plant designed to make thin-film solar panels is converted. The company sold the plant last month. Apple spokeswoman Kristen Huguet says the plant will be powered with renewable energy provided by local utility Salt River Project. Governor Jan Brewer said Apple's decision to come to Arizona is a sign that the state's efforts to provide a pro-business climate are paying off.