Apple is investing $250 million in a manufacturing and technology company located in Harrodsburg, KY.
The technology giant announced on Tuesday morning that the investment to Corning Inc., which has a research and development center and manufacturing hub in Harrodsburg, would be dedicated to the innovation of scratch-resistant glass made for the iPhone, Apple Watch, and iPad.
“Apple and Corning’s rich history dates back more than a decade, and our partnership revolutionized glass and transformed the technology industry with the first iPhone,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “This award underscores Apple and Corning’s shared belief in the vital role that ingenuity plays in creating industry-leading products, and the pride that both companies take in applying American innovation and advanced manufacturing to solve some of the world’s toughest technology challenges.”
Today’s award builds on the $200 million the company received from Apple’s Advanced Manufacturing Fund in May 2017.
Back in 2007, Apple and Corning became product development partners, with the Harrodsburg facility has played a key role in delivering glass solutions for the iPhone to replace the scratch-prone plastic covers. According to the release, some of the most important innovations in glass have happened at the Kentucky plant — glass for every generation of iPhone and Apple Watch, and many generations of iPad, have all been made in the Harrodsburg facility. Since iPhone launched in 2007, Apple has spent nearly $3 billion with Corning on the glass used in iPhone, Apple Watch and iPad.
Apple also confirmed that the glass for the new iPhone 11 set to release this week was also made in Harrodsburg with the Corning’s own Gorilla Glass.
According to the official release, the award will go to “capital investments, new technology, and process development.”
“The Harrodsburg facility serves as Corning’s global glass technology center, working closely with scientists at Sullivan Park in Corning, New York, to develop advanced glass solutions for next-generation technologies,” the release said. “Apple’s investment has helped to ensure the facility’s reputation as a global center of excellence, and supports the nearly 1,000 Corning jobs created by the Apple business. The team of nearly 400 highly skilled employees in Harrodsburg averages 14 years of experience, with Corning consistently rated one of Kentucky’s top places to work. Corning has been a part of the fabric of the Harrodsburg community for more than 65 years and the plant there is Corning’s longest-running US-based manufacturing facility.”