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Brewer: New Apple facility to create jobs for Arizonans

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MESA, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A new Apple manufacturing facility in Mesa, Ariz. expects to produce approximately 1,300 construction and other associated jobs.

Governor Jan Brewer announced Monday that approximately 700 jobs will be created within the first year, according to a news release.

 "Apple is indisputably one of the world's most innovative companies and I'm thrilled to welcome them to Arizona," Gov. Jan 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. Their investment in renewable energy will also be greening our power grid, and creating significant new solar and geothermal power sources for the state."

The effort for this new facility was driven by the Arizona Commerce Authority, in conjunction with partners at Salt River Project, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, the city of Mesa and Maricopa County.

"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," said Sandra Watson, President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. "Salt River Project has been instrumental in working with Apple to create additional advanced renewable energy sources that will power next-generation manufacturing."

Arizona was in the running for an Apple plant last year, but lost to Austin, Texas.

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