Corning Incorporated Expands Optical Cable Manufacturing Facility in Gilbert, Arizona


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

The facility, which is expected to open in 2024, will be the westernmost optical cable manufacturing site in the United States, allowing Corning to meet growing demand in the western United States and the Canada, according to state officials.

“We believe access to broadband means access to opportunity, from education to health care to quality of life,” said Corning Chairman and CEO Wendell P. Weeks. “Corning is doing our part to ensure that everyone, no matter where they live, has access to reliable, high-speed connections through fiber optics. We are proud to continue our partnership with AT&T and to expand manufacturing capacity in the United States and train the next generation of American workers, and we are grateful for the opportunity to work with our customers and with the United States government to make this a reality.

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

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

Corning Incorporated is an American multinational technology company specializing 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, connectivity and jobs in the region and improve the lives of our growing population. We are thrilled to welcome this investment to our community and to partner with Corning’s continued growth and success.”


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