Apple will spend $2 billion to turn its failed sapphire plant into a global command center

Apple plans to spend $ 2 billion turning the site of its failed sapphire production plant into a data center. Apple tells Bloomberg that the site, located in Mesa, Arizona, “will serve as a command center for our global networks.” The 1.3 million-square-foot building will be powered entirely by renewable energy and is expected to create 150 full-time jobs and 300 to 500 construction and trade jobs — far fewer than the 2,000 or so jobs that the sapphire production plant was supposed to make. “This multibillion-dollar project is one of the largest investments we’ve ever made,” Apple says.

Apple initially built the plant for GT Advanced Technologies, which Apple forwarded a bunch of money to so that it could start building furnaces and…

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