Technology giant Apple broke ground for its new US$1 billion campus in Austin, Texas in the United States yesterday.
The campus, which is due to open in 2022, is close to its Mac Pro production facilities will form part of Apple’s wider expansion in the city, the company said in a release.
Thousands of trees will be planted on the 133-acre property that will include a 50-acre nature and wildlife preserve, open to the public, and run solely on renewable energy.
Approximately five thousands employees will be housed in the three-million-square-foot initially, and eventually grow to 15,000.
The Mac Pro, billed as the company’s “most powerful device ever”, is in production at the nearby facility and will begin shipping next month after being unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in June.
“Apple is eager to write our next chapter here and to keep contributing to America’s innovation story.”Apple CEO, Tim Cook
Apple CEO Tim Cook said, “With the construction of our new campus in Austin now underway, Apple is deepening our close bond with the city and the talented and diverse workforce that calls it home. Responsible for 2.4 million American jobs and counting, Apple is eager to write our next chapter here and to keep contributing to America’s innovation story.”
Apple currently employs 7,000 people in the city, a 50 per cent increase over its workforce of five years ago.
The growth in Austin is part of a larger expansion plan announced in early 2018 to “increase its investment in manufacturing, engineering and other jobs across the US. Apple is on track to contribute $350 billion to the US economy between 2018 and 2023, and during that time will hire an additional 20,000 employees in cities across the country,” according to the release.
The company launched its streaming service Apple Plus, which will showcase all original content, at the beginning of November. Its development of content is estimated at US$6 billion and includes programming with Hollywood A-listers Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and media mogul Oprah Winfrey.