Cupertino will reportedly build a new components plant in Arizona and has an agreement with GT Advanced Technologies, which will provide the U.S. technology giant with sapphire.
Apple has confirmed that under this agreement GT will produce components for its products, without giving further details.
“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,” an Apple spokesperson told AllThingsD.
700 jobs will be created by this factory, with an extra 1300 for the construction part.
Sapphire glass is considered to be much more robust and scratch-resistant than the frequently-used Gorilla Corning Glass 3.
“GT has accelerated the development of its next generation, large capacity ASF (advanced sapphire furnaces) to deliver low cost, high volume manufacturing of sapphire material,” the company said in a statement. “Although the agreement does not guarantee volumes, it does require GT to maintain a minimum level of capacity.”
The products that will be produced weren’t specified.