Technology company Apple will establish a $1bn new campus in north Austin as part of a major expansion of its operations in the US state of Texas.
The company also announced plans to establish new sites in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, expand in cities, including Pittsburgh, New York and Boulder, Colorado, over the next three years, and explore the potential for expansion in other places in the future.
Apple has created 6,000 jobs in the US in 2018 and now employs 90,000 people in all 50 states.
In accordance with the announcement in January, the company is on track to create 20,000 jobs in the US by 2023. In 16 states, Apple currently employs more than 1,000 people.
To be located less than a mile from the existing facilities, the 133-acre new campus in Austin will initially accommodate 5,000 additional employees, with the capacity to grow to 15,000, and is expected to make Apple the largest private employer in Austin.
Jobs at the new campus will include a range of functions, such as engineering, R&D, operations, finance, sales and customer support. With 6,200 people already on the rolls, Austin is the largest population of Apple employees outside Cupertino.
The new campus will include 50 acres of preserved open space and, similar to Apple facilities worldwide, its workspaces will be powered by 100% renewable energy.
Over the next three years, Apple plans to expand its employee base to more than 1,000 in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City each, and add hundreds of new jobs in Pittsburgh, New York, Boulder, Boston and Portland, Oregon.
Recently, the company opened an office in Nashville, Tennessee, and the size of its Miami office is expected to increase two-fold.
The company also plans to invest $10bn in US data centres over the next five years, including $4.5bn in 2018 and 2019.
Apple is expanding its data centres in North Carolina, Arizona and Nevada. In Iowa, preparations are underway for the company’s newest data centre in Waukee.
All data centres of the company are run on 100% renewable energy.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said: “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.
“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.”
Image: The company's current facilities in Austin accommodate 6,200 staff, marking Apple’s largest presence of employees outside of Cupertino. Photo: Courtesy of Apple Inc.