Apple to build new $1 billion campus in Texas

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Apple to build new $1 billion campus in Texas

Apple Inc said on Thursday it would invest $1 billion to build a 2nd campus in North Austin, Texas and another $10 billion for new data centers over next five years, as it aims to create 20,000 jobs in United States.

The declaration follows a promise by Apple in January to invest $30 billion in United States and comes as companies with major manufacturing operations outside America have been facing political pressure to ramp up investments at home.

U.S. President Donald Trump has also warned of slapping tariffs on iPhones and other Apple products imported from China, a major consumer market for Cupertino, California-based company.

The new 133-acre campus at Austin, already home to second largest number of Apple employees outside Cupertino, will be located less than a mile away from Apples existing facilities. It will first house 5000 new employees and have capacity to expand to 15000.

Apple will also set up sites in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, California while expanding operations in Pittsburgh, New York and Boulder, Colorado over next three years.

Apple say it added 6000 jobs to its U.S. workforce this year and plans to hire over 1000 employees each in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City.

The company, which last year moved into its sleek “spaceship” campus in Cupertino, said jobs at  new Austin center would include engineering, research and development, finance and sales functions.

Apples technology rival Amazon Inc last month ended a months-long search for new headquarters, picking America’s financial and political capitals for massive new offices, with plans to create thousands of jobs.

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