Employees tight-lipped about layoffs at GT Advanced Technologies in Mesa

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

MESA, Ariz. -- People were keeping tight-lipped about what’s happening at GT Advanced Technologies as they prepare for a big change sparked by the company filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

GT Advanced Technologies sent a letter last week stating that it will be laying off 727 workers in all from the Mesa plant that makes sapphire glass for Apple device camera lenses.

The letter stated layoffs would happen Tuesday, but the company has not confirmed it happened.

"I'm obviously very concerned for the families and the individuals that'll be impacted by the layoffs," Mayor John Giles said.

But he said he hopes the community will remain optimistic.

"I think it's important for us to remember that we are at the beginning of the story for this building and for the employment that's going to be out there," he said. "This is not the end of the story."

Giles said he has talked to Apple, the company that owns the building and subcontracts GT Advanced Technologies.

"They have told me they're committed to the facility and Mesa, and I believe them," Giles said. "I believe there will be a good result ultimately. There's a bright future for that facility; it's going to continue to be a great source of jobs for people in the East Valley, and we are going to have exciting things going on out there."

But first, Giles said GT and Apple have to get through litigation.

"I think we need to be a little patient to let the litigation, the bankruptcy litigation, play its course, but I remain optimistic," Giles said.

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