Apple is seeking permission to conduct “high-tech manufacturing” and build data-center server gear at its east Mesa facility, according to a Federal Register notice published this week.
“Apple Inc has repurposed the site as a global data command center that will conduct high-tech manufacturing of finished data center cabinets for other data centers,” said the federal document made public on Monday.
“Apple is a great community partner and Mesa is always pleased to support any effort that provides them and our thriving high-tech industry with opportunities to grow,” Mesa Mayor John Giles said. “We believe this action demonstrates Apple’s ongoing plan to make its Mesa facility a global command center for the company’s extensive data center network. We are proud that Mesa is a location that Apple values for continued growth and expansion.”
Apple originally purchased the Mesa factory for sapphire manufacturer GT Advanced, but after the sapphire-making company failed to produce up to Apple’s standards and went bankrupt, Apple was left with an empty facility.
In 2014, Apple announced plans to invest $2 billion and repurpose the 1.2-million-square-foot Mesa facility into a “global command center” for Apple’s data network.
“This week’s announcement from Apple is great news! More manufacturing work in east Mesa will continue to develop the Gateway region and areas like Eastmark,” said Sally Harrison, president and CEO of the Mesa Chamber of Commerce.
Cassidy Campana, a public relations spokesperson for Eastmark, agreed: “The news about Apple working to expand some manufacturing at Eastmark this week is more exciting news for the community and for Mesa. This ZIP code has seen some of the strongest sales in the Valley over the past year and it’s exciting to see momentum like this.”
– Kelly Mixer is managing editor of MyNewsMesa.com. Reach her at email@example.com.