Recent details of Apple sapphire partner supplied, GT Advanced Technologies, reveals that the sapphire manufacturer asked the court for permission to “wind down” operations at its plant. According to the folks over at Re/code, GTAT even went as far as asking a US bankruptcy court judge to close the plant. Unfortunately, details on the motion continue to remain unavailable as the company asked to keep documents sealed to protect confidential contracts made with Apple.

For those of you who have been living under a rock or just haven’t read the news, GT Advanced Technologies filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this week – a move which Apple called “surprising.” Last November, Apple inked a $578 million deal with GTAT to build out a high tech sapphire production facility in Mesa, Arizona. It was later learned that Apple paid four out of the five advances but ended up withholding a final $139 million payment which was originally due in October for “unknown reasons.”

A following up report claimed that Apple did in fact try to help GTAT meet their contractual obligations that would qualify the firm to receive this final installment but nothing came of their attempt. For its part, Apple continues to state that it remains dedicated to creating jobs in Arizona and is apparently working with government officials to make sure that these positions aren’t liquidated. It isn’t exactly clear what might happen if GTAT successfully manages to close the site.

A hearing has been scheduled to further examine the motion on October 15th, which is when we’ll find out more information regarding the matter.

Source: Re/code