Apple plans Arizona factory that will run on renewable energy

The plant will employ at least 700 people making components for Apple products

Apple plans to build a components plant in Mesa, Ariz., that will run entirely on renewable energy.

It will be Apple's latest move to expand its domestic manufacturing operations. Most of the company's products are made overseas, and Apple has been under pressure to invest at home.

The project will create more than 2,000 jobs, Apple said in a brief statement to the IDG News Service on Monday. That figure includes 700 manufacturing jobs created in the first year and about 1,300 jobs in construction and other fields, according to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.

Apple said it will work with Salt River Project, an electric utility in central Arizona, to create "green energy sources" to power the facility.

"Their investment in renewable energy will also be greening our power grid, and creating significant new solar and geothermal power sources for the state," Brewer said in a statement.

GT Advanced Technologies, a crystal materials manufacturer, said it will own and operate furnaces and related equipment at the plant, where it will employ more than 700 people. GT said it had entered into a multiyear agreement to supply Apple with sapphire material.

Apple has said that it would invest $100 million this year in domestic production of Macintosh systems, and that it would make one of its Mac lines exclusively in the U.S.

In May, the company said it would make some Mac parts in Texas.

Stephen Lawson covers mobile, storage and networking technologies for the IDG News Service. Follow Stephen on Twitter at @sdlawsonmedia. Stephen's email address is stephen_lawson@idg.com.

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