The project will also produce approximately 1,300 construction and other associated jobs for the people of Arizona.
Apple’s announcement is the culmination of a statewide collaborative effort of the Salt River Project, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, the City of Mesa and Maricopa County.
Apple is partnering with the Salt River Project to power the plant with solar and renewable sources. “We are proud to expand our domestic manufacturing initiative with a new facility in Arizona, creating more than 2,000 jobs in engineering, manufacturing and construction,” the Apple statement reads. “This new plant will make components for Apple products, and it will run on 100 percent renewable energy from day one, as a result of the work we are doing with SRP to create green energy sources to power the facility.”
The plant will be located at the Eastmark development, a Scottsdale-based DMB Associates redevelopment of the former GM Proving Ground in the East Valley.
“It is a pleasure to welcome one of the most admired companies in the world to our great state,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “Apple’s confidence in Arizona and its selection of Mesa as the site of its newest manufacturing facility represents an enormous win for our state and a historic investment in our community — one that will create hundreds of quality jobs for Arizonans. Apple’s commitment to manufacturing that will rely on renewable energy further demonstrates its forward-thinking, progressive nature, and Arizona’s advanced capabilities in producing and delivering renewable power. Salt River Project has been instrumental in working with Apple to create additional advanced renewable energy sources that will power next-generation manufacturing.”
Apple’s investment in Arizona is the latest in a growing line of companies that have taken notice of the Phoenix Valley’s highly skilled workforce.