CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) - Corning Incorporated announced it will build an optical cable manufacturing facility in Arizona.

Corning says the investment will extend the company's investments in optical fiber and cable and will be able to connect more people and communities. The facility is based on a long term relationship with AT&T.

"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 dollars since 2020.

The Arizona facility, 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.