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Apple announces $250 million investment in Harrodsburg technology company

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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.”

(Apple.com)

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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21 Comments for Apple announces $250 million investment in Harrodsburg technology company



  1. JASUN74
    2:17 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

    That’s awesome. I’d love to see more factory’s in Kentucky. There’s a lot of great, talented people who need to find jobs, or better jobs, and no one will work harder and take more pride in their work more than a Kentuckian. We need some big companies to look into Eastern Kentucky! There’s a ton of people who’s life and family’s life’s could change for the better with an opportunity. Glad to hear this though and they’ve done a fantastic job over there.



    • John Henry
      3:38 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

      We can thank Governor Bevins and the economic team he has assembled. When Kentucky became a Right to Work state and threw off the old boy network and union running business away it marked a new day in Kentucky. This is great news for Kentucky and the next generation will see a prosperous state and one that is educated and dynamic. Kentucky Is Open For Business.



    • 4everUKblue
      6:46 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

      Bevin? Lol. I hope anyone but Bevin is elected Gov.



  2. My Dixie Wrecked
    2:29 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

    What does this mean for Kentucky Athletics?



    • MaruchanRamenNoodles
      2:45 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

      Kentucky, Sports, Radio

      Not Kentucky Sports, Radio



    • StillBP
      3:26 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

      Why is a Louisville fan on KSR?



    • 4everUKblue
      6:49 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

      It’s LimpDigit. Haven’t you read any of his moronic comments? This site is his life, he has nothing else.



    • My Dixie Wrecked
      8:06 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

      What exactly makes you hillbillies think I’m a Loserville fan?



  3. Wildcat homer
    2:54 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

    Give credit to Trump for making Apple invest in the US rather than China



    • Irish son
      3:39 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah, sure thats it,,,,lmao



    • JerryCat
      4:07 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

      Apple started buying their glass from this factory over a decade ago lol



    • catsarerunnin
      6:49 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

      It could be that whole good economy thing that didn’t start ten years ago.



  4. Wildcat homer
    2:55 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

    Trump asked Apple to invest in the US rather than Asia



    • My Dixie Wrecked
      8:07 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

      Why are they investing in Kentucky then? Isn’t Kentucky a 3rd world country?



  5. John Henry
    3:38 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

    We can thank Governor Bevins and the economic team he has assembled. When Kentucky became a Right to Work state and threw off the old boy network and union running business away it marked a new day in Kentucky. This is great news for Kentucky and the next generation will see a prosperous state and one that is educated and dynamic. Kentucky Is Open For Business.



    • oruacat2
      4:43 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

      Educated? Keep dreaming.
      Will Apple contribute any corporate tax dollars into KY’s coffers to help pay for this alleged education, or will they come up with another creative scheme to avoid paying, like they’ve done at the Federal level and overseas with the EU? Speaking of taxes, what sort of giveaway in the form of tax breaks did Bevin promise Apple to make this move? Any reporting on that yet?



    • MtnCat
      6:04 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

      …u mean like the deferred taxes and incentives Martha Layne Collins enticed Toyota to Georgetown. Looks pretty smart now hey dumbass



    • catsarerunnin
      6:53 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

      Orucat do you refuse tax deductions? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller??



    • 4everUKblue
      6:51 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

      LMAO John Henry, keep trying you might find someone to believe that BS.



    • 4everUKblue
      6:52 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

      Speaking of taxes…Has anyone seen Bevin’s tax return? Didn’t think so.



  6. bbn606
    6:56 am September 18, 2019 Permalink

    Now if they could only prevent the glass from cracking when it is touched.