Apple promises to help former GT Advanced employees find new jobs

“So much for Apple’s multiyear sapphire manufacturing alliance with GT Advanced Technologies. Not even a year old and it’s already headed for dissolution,” John Paczkowski reports for Re/code.

“GT will shut down its factories in Mesa, Ariz., and Salem, Mass., exit the sapphire production business entirely and sell off its sapphire furnaces to repay the $439 million in prepayments it collected from Apple,” Paczkowski reports. “Said an Apple spokeswoman: ‘Apple put a lot of effort into an ambitious new sapphire manufacturing process with GTAT which is not ready for production. We’re going to continue evaluating GTAT’s progress on larger sapphire boule development, as well as consider other options for the facility. We remain committed to the city and we’re going to work with Mesa and Maricopa County to help the GT Advanced employees who will be impacted by this find new jobs.'”

Read more in the full article here.

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  1. So let me get this straight. GTAT will be allowed to sell the furnaces and MAYBE pay back Apple but the GTAT management who stole billions from investors get to keep the cash they made by selling before filing?

    Where is the class action suit…were is the FCC…….someone get rope!

    1. I think you mean SEC. They are notoriously undermanned and selectively prosecute wrongdoers based on deterrent effect and publicity. Apple may be protecting GT (eg. Quietly suggesting via back channels to leave them alone) as they would still be in the best position to pick this back up later.

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