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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Nov 2, 2014

Technology giants Apple made their surprise known that manufacturing partner GT Advanced Technologies – the company responsible for producing the trademark “sapphire” glass found in many Apple products – has filed for bankruptcy in recent days. The multiple firms operate a glass factory in Arizona that opened last year.

A spokesman for Apple, Chris Gaither, announced, “We are proud of the jobs we’ve helped create in Arizona through Apple’s domestic manufacturing initiative and our state-of-the-art facility powered entirely by renewable energy sources.” Gaither added, “We are focused on preserving jobs in Arizona following GT’s surprising decision, and we will continue to work with state and local officials as we consider our next steps.”

Gaither’s public address foreshadows the likelihood that Arizona’s job market could suffer with GT Advanced Technologies’ surprise bankruptcy filing. Considering how essential “sapphire” glass is in regards to Apple products, it is plausible the latter technology giant could step in and prevent mass layoffs from occurring.

Apple recently released the new iPhone 6 to an eager public – the device does not actually utilize ‘sapphire’ glass this go around. Despite criticism regarding the latest model phone’s ability to easily bend – public demonstrations occurring throughout Apple stores nationwide – Apple still enjoyed record sales numbers. Anything that could further compromise the momentum of their iPhone line may not be in the best interest for the company.

GT announced earlier in the week that it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Only last year, Apple’s chief executive officer, Tim Cook, detailed plans to partner with the technology firm and open a planet in Mesa, AZ. The move was lauded by many amidst heated criticism regarding the lack of manufacturing components and subsequent jobs in the United States.

Although the latest iPhone does not utilize sapphire glass, Apple intends to use it for their upcoming smartwatch. The Apple Watch is due to hit store shelves sometime next year.

Original story reported by the Washington Post.