FORTUNE -- Local real-estate reporters in Arizona knew something was afoot when First Solar, a Tempe-based manufacturer of thin-film solar cells, said last week that it had sold one of its properties in nearby Mesa to an unknown buyer for $100 million.
Meanwhile, Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook told a Senate subcommittee last May that Arizona was one of five states where the company planned to repatriate some of its manufacturing operations, nearly all of which are now in Asia.
Arizona Governor Janice Brewer put two and two together for the media Monday morning, and suddenly the international press was all over the story: Apple, which closed its last American manufacturing facility ten years ago, was opening its second U.S. plant in a year.
According to GT Advanced Technologies, the New Hampshire-based firm that won the multi-year contract, Apple has pre-paid GT $578 million, which GT is scheduled to repay in five years starting in 2015. GT will own the factory equipment, including the ASFs (advanced sapphire furnaces) that it will build at the Mesa site.
Apple has promised to the make the plant 100% renewable by providing Mesa with additional solar and geothermal energy, news that didn't escape the notice of Greenpeace and the National Resource Defense Council.
Below: Statements from various interested parties.
A suicide story that broke on Saturday had fallen apart by Monday.
FORTUNE -- The Agence France Press headline that moved over the business wires Saturday morning seemed like deja vu all over again:
Three new factory suicides at Apple supplier Foxconn
Citing only a statement issued by China Labor Watch in New York, the news agency reported that the deaths occurred at a Foxconn factory in the central city of Zhengzhou and MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 20, 2013 12:37 PM ET
It's not a pressure-cooker environment that is the problem, but boredom and alienation
"The facilities are first-class; the physical conditions are way, way above average of the norm."
That's Auret van Heerden, president of the Fair Labor Association, speaking to Reuters after an initial visit to the Foxconn factory where Apple's (AAPL) iPads are built.
Apple has been hit with a barrage of criticism over the working conditions in the Chinese factories where its MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 15, 2012 2:58 PM ET
Two weeks after a fatal explosion, it's business as usual at Foxconn's factory in Chengdu.
After an explosion in a Chinese factory that makes iPads for Apple (AAPL) killed three workers and injured 15 more, one analyst estimated that Apple's quarterly iPad production numbers might fall by as much as 2.8 million units -- speculation that helped drive the company's shares down more than 1.5% that day.
Two weeks later, it's clear MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 2, 2011 11:10 AM ET
The explosion that killed three in Chengdu on Friday has been traced to a dust-collecting duct
There were several developments over the weekend following the explosion that killed three and injured 15 in a factory in southwest China that builds iPads for Apple (AAPL). (See Inside the Apple iPad factory.)
The third death was confirmed. Six of the injured have been sent home. The rest are still hospitalized.
The blast was traced to MORE
''I'm as proud of the factory as I am of the computer,'' Steve Jobs told Fortune 18 years ago, describing the 40,000-square-foot plant he had constructed in Fremont, Calif., to manufacture circuit boards for his ill-fated NeXT, the $10,000 workstation into which Jobs poured his heart and soul after he was forced out of Apple (AAPL) in 1985.
The factory, as Jobs described it, had everything: robots, lasers, tolerances within one MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 5, 2008 7:23 AM ET
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