Apple to open plant in business-friendly Arizona, not California

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apple in mesaThe American multinational corporation Apple Inc.,  headquartered in Cupertino, California, is arguably the most successful company on Earth. Tax receipts from the company and its employees there help fund the Golden State’s anti-business liberal Democrat experiments as well as those of the federal government.

Yet, Apple is regularly attacked for “shipping jobs overseas.” They shouldn’t be.

Given the anti-business climate that has been running productive individuals and companies out of California for decades, coupled with the California-like laws and regulations that President Barack Obama and the Democrats have brought to Washington, D.C. in recent years, Americans should be thankful that Cupertino can still boast of their office space occupancy.

But China and other points west across the Pacific Ocean are not the only business climates friendly enough for new Apple manufacturing jobs. Arizona, the Copper, Grand Canyon, and land of attempted border security, state is the apple of Apple’s eye just now:

PHOENIX — Tech giant Apple (AAPL) on Monday said it will open a manufacturing plant in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa that will eventually employ 700 workers and provide material currently used only in its iPhone 5 cameras and fingerprint reading sensors.

The Cupertino company said it was expanding its U.S. manufacturing operations in a former First Solar plant in Mesa. The city southeast of Phoenix already hosts a long list of high-tech manufacturing firms.

About 1,300 construction jobs will also be created as the plant is converted. First Solar sold the plant last month after demand fell for the thin-film solar panels made there…

Gov. Jan Brewer said Apple’s decision is a sign that the Arizona’s efforts to provide a pro-business climate are paying off.

“Apple will have an incredibly positive economic impact for Arizona and its decision to locate here speaks volumes about the friendly, pro-business climate we have been creating these past four years,” Brewer said in a statement.

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Not surprised that a failed solar plant is left in Apple’s wake.

Mike DeVine

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