Apple to build $1B Austin campus, add thousands of jobs in US expansion

By Sean Keane

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Apple already employs 6,200 people in Austin, Texas, but its new campus will initially add 5,000.

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Apple will build a new Austin campus for $1 billion and expand its operations across the US, the company said Thursday.

The iPhone maker will also set up new offices in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, California, as well as expanding operations in Pittsburgh, New York and Boulder, Colorado, according to its release.

The Austin campus will be located less than a mile away from Apple's existing facilities in the Texas city, which already employ 6,200 people (its largest group of employees outside its Cupertino,, California, headquarters). The new area will initially hold 5,000 employees, with capacity to grow to 15,000 over time.

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Apple offered a forecast on its US growth plans.

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The facility will also include 50 acres of preserved open space and its work spaces will be entirely powered by renewable energy (as at all Apple facilities).

The choice of locations for the new offices -- each of which will employ over 1,000 people -- hints at various aspects of Apple's business. Seattle is where Microsoft and Amazon are headquartered, San Diego is where chipmaker Qualcomm is based, and Culver City could be linked to its plans for original programming.

Apple, which in August became the first US public company to be worth $1 trillion, didn't offer a timeline for its new facilities, and it didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Its new Apple Park campus opened to employees in April 2017, six years after company co-founder Steve Jobs pitched the project.

It'll also add hundreds of new jobs in Pittsburgh, New York, Boulder, Boston and Portland, Oregon, after having brought on 6,000 new American workers in 2018. The company noted that it's on track to create 20,000 US jobs by 2023, as promised in January.

Apple currently employs 90,000 people in all 50 states, but came under political pressure in September when President Donald Trump said that the company -- whose iPhones are manufactured in China -- should move production to the US.

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"Apple is proud to bring new investment, jobs and opportunity to cities across the United States and to significantly deepen our quarter-century partnership with the city and people of Austin," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, said in the release.

The announcement comes exactly a month after Amazon picked New York's Queens borough and Arlington, Virginia, as the two locations for its HQ2 project, promising to bring 25,000 well-paying jobs to each of those locations.

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