Apple on Thursday, 13 December announced a major expansion of its operations in Austin, Texas, including an investment of $1 billion to build a new campus in North Austin. The company also announced plans to establish new sites in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City and expand in cities across the United States including Pittsburgh, New York and Boulder, Colorado over the next three years, with the potential for additional expansion elsewhere in the US over time.
The announcement caps a year of continued job creation. Apple added 6,000 jobs to its American workforce in 2018 and now employs 90,000 people in all 50 states.
According to the company, it is on track to create 20,000 jobs in the US by 2023. In 16 states, Apple today employs over 1,000 people. “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.
“Talent, creativity and tomorrow’s breakthrough ideas aren’t limited by region or zip code, and, with this new expansion, we’re redoubling our commitment to cultivating the high-tech sector and workforce nationwide.”Tim Cook, CEO, Apple
Apple’s newest Austin campus will be located less than a mile from its existing facilities. The 133-acre campus will initially accommodate 5,000 people, with the capacity to grow to 15,000, and is expected to make Apple the largest private employer in Austin.
The new campus will include 50 acres of preserved open space and, like all Apple facilities worldwide, its workspaces will be powered 100 percent by renewable energy.
Apple plans to invest $10 billion in US data centers over the next five years, including $4.5 billion this year and next.
Apple’s data centers in North Carolina, Arizona and Nevada are currently being expanded. In Iowa, preparations are underway for the company’s newest data center in Waukee.