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Corning Incorporated Expands Gilbert, Arizona, Optical Cable Manufacturing Plant

Corning Incorporated, one of the world's leading innovators in materials science, will establish a new manufacturing facility in Gilbert, Arizona. The project is expected to create 250 jobs.

The facility, which is expected to open in 2024, will be the industry’s western-most U.S. manufacturing site for optical cable, allowing Corning to serve growing demand in the western U.S. and Canada, according to state officials.

"We believe access to broadband means access to opportunity, from education to healthcare to quality of life,” said Corning Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Wendell P. Weeks. “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’re grateful for the opportunity to work with our customers and with the U.S. government to make this a reality.”

The new facility is Corning’s latest in a series of investments in fiber and cable manufacturing totaling more than $500 million since 2020. These investments, supported by customer commitments, nearly doubles Corning's ability to serve the U.S. cable market and connect more people and communities.

“Corning’s new cable manufacturing facility demonstrates Arizona’s attractiveness as a leader in manufacturing and technology,” added Sandra Watson, President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA). “The innovative new facility will manufacture optical cable, bolstering Arizona’s existing broadband expansion investments. We’re thankful for Corning’s investment in Gilbert, creating hundreds of new jobs in the community while increasing connectivity.”

Corning Incorporated is an American multinational technology company that specializes in specialty glass, ceramics, and related materials and technologies including advanced optics, primarily for industrial and scientific applications.

"Greater Phoenix is a community that embraces and supports opportunity and collaborative innovation,” said Chris Camacho, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. "The optical cable created at Corning's Gilbert manufacturing facility will enable the next generation of entrepreneurs, provide stability, connectivity and jobs to the region and improve the lives of our growing population. We're excited to welcome this investment into our community and to partner in Corning's continued growth and success."

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