Apple Arizona facility to employ 2,000 people

Apple plans to open a new plant in Arizona to increase manufacturing in the U.S., Bloomberg reported. The new facility, which will be located in Mesa, will create 2,000 local jobs.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said that creating jobs in the U.S. is a top priority for the company. Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet told Bloomberg the company is looking forward to expanding its facilities.

"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," Huguet said. "This new plant will make components for Apple products and it will run on 100 percent renewable energy from day one."

Bloomberg went on to state that the company's newest Mac Pro model was built in the U.S. The deal to bring more jobs to Arizona is in conjunction with GT Advanced Technologies Inc. Apple reached a $578 million agreement with GT to supply equipment for the company.

Seal of approval from the state
​Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said in a statement that the Apple facility would employ at least 700 people and the construction for the site would employ 1,300 people.

"Apple is indisputably one of the world's most innovative companies and I'm thrilled to welcome them to Arizona," Brewer said. "Apple will have an incredibly positive economic impact for Arizona and its decision to locate here speaks volumes about the friendly, pro-business climate we have been creating these past four years."

Sandra Watson, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority, echoed Brewer's statements saying the new jobs will help improve the economy.

"It is a pleasure to welcome one of the most admired companies in the world to our great state," Watson said in a statement. "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."

Several companies following Apple's lead
Along with the Mesa location, Apple also revealed plans earlier this year to open a facility in Texas to build computers. Apple is not the first company to inject new life in the country's manufacturing sector. Reuters reported that Caterpillar, General Electric and Wal-Mart have all announced plans within the last year to add more manufacturing jobs in the country.