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Apple has unveiled plans to build a $2 billion data centre in Mesa, Arizona, which is also the location of its failed sapphire manufacturing plant.

Apple revealed that the new facility will serve as the company’s command centre for its global networks.

A release from Arizona governor Doug Ducey indicated that Apple will employ 150 full-time staff and 300 to 500 trade and construction jobs.

The tech giant will also build a solar farm that is capable of generating 70 megawatts of energy in accordance with its pledge to fully power the data centre with 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,” said Apple in a statement.

Apple will repurpose the facility previously occupied by GT Advanced Technologies. In 2013, Apple bought the 1.3-million-square-foot facility to lease to GT Advanced Technologies for its sapphire supply plant. However, the Merrimack, New Hampshire-based company filed for bankruptcy in October following production issues.

Meanwhile, the governor of Arizona was happy to announce the Apple investment.

“This is a great day for Arizona, and we have moved rapidly to make this happen and take advantage of Apple’s interest in our state,” said Ducey, noting that Apple’s decision to bring the new facility to Mesa “is a huge win for Arizona and a high testament to our business-friendly climate and talented workforce.”

He added that the expansion would also bring significant economic investment, transforming Arizona into one of the best states to do business.


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