Apple to invest $2 billion in GT Advanced Technologies' former factory; facility will be a new data center

Apple to invest $2 billion in GT Advanced Technologies' former factory; facility will be a new data center
It doesn't seem that long, but it was 14 months ago when Apple signed a deal with GT Advanced Technologies for the latter to supply Apple with sapphire crystals. The production of the material was to take place in a factory owned by Apple in Mesa, Arizona. GT Advanced could not supply Apple with enough of the material it needed, and the finishers could not increase the yield of sapphire glass being produced for the Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus.

As a result of the problems, Apple had to scrap the idea of using sapphire glass displays on its new iPhone models. The company went with hardened glass instead. Apple, which had lent GT Advanced closed to $440 million, held back on a final check amounting to $139 million and that sent the company into bankruptcy.

With the equipment inside the factory getting sold off to help replay Apple and other creditors, Apple plans on reclaiming the facility and will turn it into a data center. Apple will invest $2 billion to convert the 1.3 million square-foot plant. The tech titan is using this opportunity to hire more Americans and according to company spokeswoman Kristin Huguet, the data center "will serve as a command center for our global networks."

Apple's new data center will employ 150 people full-time and will create 300 to 500 construction and trade jobs. The factory will be powered using renewable energy including solar power. Apple will have to wait until early next year to take control of the factory; as part of a settlement with Apple, GT Advanced can use the factory through December 2015.

source: Bloomberg

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5 Comments

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

It'd be funny if GT rented all the space out as a pig barn in mean time. Soooooey!!

2. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 246; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

YES, just wreck everything in there. Make it smell like manure for months. I feel like this needs to be brought the GT's attention.

3. engineer-1701d unregistered

am more pissed that the people of the world and lawyers sont see what is and has really happened, gt was looking to sell the machines to anyone that wanted it, so they held back the money and bankrupt the company, now no one can get the machines from gt, then apple says within 6 months after all of this that foxconn will be supplying them with sapphire while using the machines from gt buy out. so apple bankrupt a company to make sure no one else could beat them on a large high end phone with sapphire screen.

5. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

what?

4. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5483; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

"sold off to help replay Apple"....I think that should be repay?

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