Corning is best known for its incredibly durable Gorilla Glass displays, which are featured on numerous high-end smartphones, including the iPhone. Apple is investing $200 million in the company to “support Corning’s R&D, capital equipment needs, and state-of-the-art glass processing.”
The glass company is a logical choice as a recipient of Apple’s investment, which is meant to promote increased US-based manufacturing. Given that Corning is a longtime Apple partner that’s both headquartered out of New York and has a major production plant in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, it’s an easy win for Apple in both furthering technology for a major supplier and fostering local manufacturing.
According to Corning’s CEO, Wendell Weeks, the company’s partnership with Apple over the last 10 years has already led to creation of nearly 1,000 jobs in the United States.
Apple has already dabbled in US-based manufacturing itself with the Mac Pro, and the company has been rumored in the past months to be considering exploring further options for expanding its domestic production as well. That move — along with the creation of the Advanced Manufacturing Fund — is likely influenced, at least in part, by President Donald Trump, who has expressed numerous times his desire to have Apple move iPhone production to the United States.