Ap­ple to in­vest $200M in scratch-re­sis­tant glass

The Progress-Index Weekend - - BUSINESS -

Ap­ple says it will in­vest $200 mil­lion in a ru­ral Ken­tucky fa­cil­ity that it cred­its with res­cu­ing the com­pany’s sig­na­ture smart­phone from a de­sign flaw that would have led to scratched screens.

The Cal­i­for­nia-based com­pany an­nounced Fri­day it would give the money to Corn­ing Inc. to use at its fa­cil­ity in Harrodsburg, Ken­tucky. Ap­ple and Corn­ing first teamed up 10 years ago when for­mer Ap­ple CEO Steve Jobs or­dered the plas­tic screen on the com­pany’s first iPhone to be re­placed with a scratch-re­sis­tant glass just a few months be­fore the prod­uct was to launch.

Since then, Corn­ing says it has made 552 mil­lion square feet of its Go­rilla Glass prod­uct for iPhones and iPads, or roughly enough glass to cover 10,000 foot­ball fields.

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