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Apple comes to Arizona: What will be manufactured?

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MESA, Ariz. -

We are learning more about what will be made in the huge building Apple just bought in east Mesa.

The purchase is expected to bring 2,000 jobs to the valley and create a cutting edge manufacturing facility.

What we've learned is Apple is bringing another company here with a specialty.  They make industrial sapphires, a material that may one day replace the glass screen on your iPhone.

The giant building Apple is buying near Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is as large inside as 43 football fields -- over a million square feet -- as large as an entire regional mall.

Apple bought the building for a company called GT Advanced Technologies, a business that makes industrial sapphire material in special furnaces.  That material can be sliced into super strong, unscratchable screens for phones and tablets.

It's high-tech manufacturing and 700 jobs that pay about $50,000 a year.

The governor praised the Arizona Commerce Authority for helping to make it happen.

"They negotiate the deals, help them interact with economic development, people in the cities and together we deliver the deal," said Gov. Jan Brewer.

Brewer said she did not know what tax and fee incentives the state offered to get Apple to bring the operation to the valley.  The Arizona Commerce Authority was similarly vague.

"We in fact have used the Arizona Competes Fund for that project and will make that info available as soon as those contracts are signed," said Sandra Watson of the Arizona Commerce Authority.

The new plant will also bring 1,300 construction jobs to get everything up and running.

Video: FOX 10's Steve Krafft reports.

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