Apple COO highlights Corning’s ‘huge' role with iPhone,
importance of Harrodsburg facility
HARRODSBURG, Kentucky — The now-famous story of the phone call between Steve Jobs and Wendell Weeks about the launch of the first iPhone may be more than a decade old, but Apple's visit to Corning's Harrodsburg facility Tuesday illustrated that the excitement, dedication, and collaboration between the two companies has only grown.
At the event Tuesday, in addition to announcing a $250 million investment from Apple's Manufacturing Fund to Corning—which followed a 2017 investment announcement—Jeff Williams, Apple's chief operating officer, credited Corning for the innovative role it's continued to play in the creation of every generation of the iPhone, as well as other Apple products.
"It's great when Apple comes to visit us because it combines four things we truly care about," John Bayne, senior vice president and general manager, Corning® Gorilla® Glass, said. "One, deep collaboration with an incredibly important strategic customer. Two, our focus on innovation and new products. Three, our commitment to advanced manufacturing—doing manufacturing that’s never been done in the world before right here in this plant. And four, our employees.”