Even in the midst of production slow down of the iPhone, Apple has announced it will be expanding US operations. At the core of this expansion is a new $1 billion campus in Austin, TX; or, rather, the expansion involves Apple’s third campus in Austin. Of course, this might all be in opposition of Amazon’s long-publicized search for a second location that spanned most of last year. As the e-commerce giant still has not made a decision—though New York’s $2 billion incentive option seems to be at the top of the list—criticisms continue to mount, and that could give Apple the edge they need to build this facility and move ahead.
The 133-acre third facility, then, will add another 5,000 jobs to Austin once it opens. Austin is already home to Apple’s largest facility outside of its Cupertino (CA) headquarters, which employs 6,200 people. However, the facility has the capacity for about 15,000 jobs and will certainly make Apple the largest private employer in Austin. And like all of Apple’s global operations, this newest facility will run on 100 percent renewable energy.
Earlier this year, Apple made a commitment to invest $350 billion in the United States economy, so this is just the first of many efforts to do this. This includes a $30 billion infrastructure investment in facilities, in hopes to create another 20,000 jobs in the United States by 2023. It also includes $10 billion in US data centers (over the next five years), with another $9 billion over the next two years.
Now, in addition to this third Austin campus, Apple has also announced other expansions throughout the United States. These expansions will increase operations to about 1,000 strong in Culver City and San Diego, in California, and Seattle, Washington. Apple has also commented they will expand operations in Boston, Boulder, New York, Portland, and Pittsburgh over the next three years. In addition, Apple is predicting the doubling of its Miami office.
All of this is becomes more interesting when we observe that the expansion comes after the enactment of the new US tax laws that prevented Apple from avoiding taxes on profits made overseas.