US technology company Apple has announced that it will invest US$578 million to build a factory in Mesa, Arizona, which it says will create 2,000 jobs.
Reuters and others report that Apple will form a partnership with GT Advanced Technologies to make sapphire-derived materials for electronics screens.
GT makes “crystal growth equipment” which creates lab-grown sapphires, that can be made into screens more scratch-resistant than glass.
The site will be owned by Apple and include furnaces made by GT.
The employment will comprise 700 manufacturing jobs and 1,300 construction and associated jobs.
“This new plant will make components for Apple products and it will run on 100 percent renewable energy from day one,” a spokeswoman for Apple said.
The plant will be powered by solar and geothermal energy.
"Apple will have an incredibly positive economic impact for Arizona," The Guardian reports Arizona governor Janice Brewer as saying.
"Their investment in renewable energy will also be greening our power grid, and creating significant new solar and geothermal power sources for the state."
Apple’s last US computer assembly plant in the US was closed in June 2004.
The announcement follows negative publicity around conditions for workers employed by Foxconn, world leader in contract electronics manufacturing.
It is also another example of a US company on-shoring recently, following GE, Motorola and Caterpillar.