While the filing of Chapter 11 bankruptcy from GT Advanced Technologies came as a bit of a surprise to just everyone, it looks like Apple is not going to completely abandon the large facility in Arizona.
According to a report published by CNBC, Apple is going to make use of the larger plant by investing an additional $2 billion into Arizona, and launching what’s being coined as a “global command center.” The former plant will become a very large data center, of which Apple will utilize to manage its global data network.
The news is bolstered by information provided by the governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, who said that the new center will hold 150 full-time Apple employees, and that the construction that will take place on the site will open up between 300 to 500 new jobs.
— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) February 2, 2015
Apple stated that the investment within the state, and to the data center itself, is one of the largest it has ever made, and that the new facility will be run on 100 percent renewable energy.
“This multibillion-dollar project is one of the largest investments we’ve ever made, and when completed it will add over 600 engineering and construction jobs to the more than one million jobs Apple has already created in the U.S. Like all Apple data centers, it will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy, much of which will come from a new local solar farm,” Apple said in a statement on the project.“
Apple did say that it planned on preserving jobs in the state after the downfall of GT Advanced in the area, and this would indeed seem to indicate that the company kept to its word.[via CNBC; @dougducey]