Apple plans major US expansion including a new $1 billion campus in Austin – TechCrunch
Apple has announced a major expansion that will see it open a new campus in North Austin and open new offices in Seattle, San Diego and Los Angeles as it bids to increase its workforce in the U.S. The firm said it intends also to expand its presence in Pittsburgh, New York and Boulder, Colorado over the next three years.
The Austin campus alone will cost the company $1 billion, but Apple said that the 133-acre space will generate 5,000 new jobs across a broad range of roles with the potential to add 10,000 more. The company claims to have 6,200 employees in Austin — its largest enclave outside of Cupertino — and it said that the addition of these new roles will make it the largest private employer in the city.
Apple said the new campus will include more than 50 acres of open space, and it will run entirely on renewable energy.
The investment was lauded by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
“Their decision to expand operations in our state is a testament to the high-quality workforce and unmatched economic environment that Texas offers. I thank Apple for this tremendous investment in Texas, and I look forward to building upon our strong partnership to create an even brighter future for the Lone Star State,” he said.
More broadly, Apple said it added 6,000 jobs to its U.S. workforce this year to take its total in the country to 90,000. It said it remains on track to create 20,000 new jobs in the U.S. by 2023.
Outside of the Austin development, the iPhone-maker plans to expand to over 1,000 staff Seattle, San Diego and LA over the next three years., while adding “hundreds” of staff in Pittsburgh, New York, Boulder, Boston and Portland, Oregon.