RALEIGH – Corning is gearing up for growing demand in the fiber-optic market by building a new manufacturing plant. But it won’t be in North Carolina where the company already has two facilities.
“The largest and lowest cost manufacturing facilities for fiber in the world are located in the U.S., in North Carolina — and both belong to Corning,” Corning chairman and CEO Wendell Weeks told Axios in an interview.
A year ago, Corning announced plans to expand its operations in Hickory and add hundreds of jobs.
But on Tuesday Corning – in partnership with AT&T – said its latest plant is going to be built near Phoenix in Gilbert, Arizona. Some 250 new jobs will be created.
Corning to add hundreds of jobs in Hickory, build new plant
“We believe access to broadband means access to opportunity – from education to healthcare to quality of life,” Weeks said in the announcement. “Corning is doing our part to make sure everyone – regardless of where they live – has access to reliable, high-speed connections enabled by optical fiber. We are proud to continue partnering with AT&T and to expand U.S. manufacturing capacity and train the next generation of American workers – and we