Apple has since confirmed in a statement that the Cupertino company will be repurposing the plant and turn it into a data center. According to Kristin Huguet, a spokeswoman for Apple, “We’re proud to continue investing in the U.S. with a new data center in Arizona, which will serve as a command center for our global networks. This multibillion-dollar project is one of the largest investments we’ve ever made.”
This was also confirmed by Arizona’s governor Doug Ducey who was quoted as saying, “I got the impression from Apple that they wanted to do the right thing and we’re excited that they are doing it here in Arizona.” The new data center will see Apple employ 150 full-time Apple employees and in the process of getting it up and running, will end up employing 300-500 construction and trade jobs.
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