Apple has announced a major expansion of its operations in Austin, including an investment of $1 billion to build a new campus in north Austin, Texas.
The tech giant also announced plans to establish new sites in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City and expand in cities across the U.S., including Pittsburgh, New York and Boulder, Colorado over the next three years, with the potential for additional expansion elsewhere in the country over time.
CEO Tim Cook says 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. As announced in January, the company is on track to create 20,000 jobs in the US by 2023. In 16 states, Apple today employs over 1,000 people.
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 additional employees, with the capacity to grow to 15,000, and is expected to make Apple the largest private employer in Austin.
Jobs created at the new campus will include a range of functions including engineering, R&D, operations, finance, sales and customer support. At 6,200 people, Austin already represents the largest population of Apple employees outside Cupertino, California.
The new campus will include 50 acres of preserved open space. Like all Apple facilities worldwide, its workspaces will be powered by 100% renewable energy.
Apple plans to grow its employee base in regions across the U.S. over the next three years, expanding to over 1,000 employees in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City each, and adding hundreds of new jobs in Pittsburgh, New York, Boulder, Boston and Portland, Oregon. The company recently opened its newest office in Nashville, Tennessee and Apple’s Miami office is projected to double in size.
Apple is already responsible for creating and supporting more than two million jobs in all 50 states, including workers at 9,000 suppliers and manufacturers in the US. The company says its App Store ecosystem is responsible for more than 1.5 million American jobs.
What’s more, Apple operates retail stores in 44 states plus the District of Columbia, and has added 7,000 US retail jobs over the past five years. The tech giant says it plans to add more stores and reimagine the customer experience at many existing retail locations across the country.