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Apple to build new $1 billion campus

Tech push: The 133-acre campus will employ workers across various functions, including engineering and R&D

Tech push: The 133-acre campus will employ workers across various functions, including engineering and R&D   | Photo Credit: Mark Lennihan

Firm’s move comes amid push by U.S. companies to create more jobs at home

Apple Inc. said on Thursday it would spend $1 billion to build a second campus in Austin, Texas that will house as many as 15,000 workers, amid a broader push by many U.S. companies to create more jobs at home.

The iPhone maker had announced at the start of the year it would invest $30 billion in the United States, taking advantage of a tax windfall stemming from U.S. President Donald Trump’s sweeping tax reforms.

The 133-acre campus in Austin will employ workers across various functions, including engineering, R&D, operations and finance.

The city is already home to the second largest number of Apple employees outside its headquarters in Cupertino, California.

Apple will also set up sites in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, California and hire over 1,000 employees each in these locations, while also expanding operations in Pittsburgh, New York and Boulder, Colorado over the next three years.

‘America First’ policy

Many American multinationals have been facing political pressure to ramp up investments at home as part of Mr. Trump’s ”America First” policies, which have left the United States embroiled in a bitter trade war with China. The President has also warned of tariffs on iPhones and other Apple products imported from China.

Amazon campus

Apple’s technology rival Amazon.com Inc. last month ended a month-long search for its second headquarters, picking New York City and an area just outside Washington, D.C. for massive new offices, with plans to create thousands of jobs. The Austin campus will be located less than a mile away from Apple’s existing facilities, and will first house 5,000 new employees with the capacity to expand to 15,000.

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