LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Apple is strengthening already deep ties to Corning’s plant in Mercer County, Ky., announcing Monday it will award another $45 million to support Corning Inc.‘s work to supply glass for the tech giant’s iPhones and other devices, The Associated Press reports.
The latest investment will expand Corning‘s manufacturing capacity and “drive research and development into innovative new technologies that support durability and long-lasting product life,” Apple said. Scratch-resistant glass for every generation of the market-creating iPhone that launched in 2007 has been made at Corning’s plant in Harrodsburg. Corning also supplies glass for iPads and Apple Watches.
Corning previously received $450 million from Apple‘s $5 billion Advanced Manufacturing Fund in the past four years, the AP report cites. Apple said Monday its investment helps support more than 1,000 jobs across Corning‘s U.S. operations.