Riding off the success of what was a very big 2011, it’s no surprise that Apple is looking to expand its business to new areas of the United States and the world at large. And what better way to do that than to create an Apple campus in the biggest state: Texas.
According to Apple spokesman Steve Dowling,, Apple has experienced tremendous growth in their Austin operations, with more than 3500 Apple employees in Austin today. Now Apple wants to build on this by creating a massive $304 million campus in Austin, Texas, which should add 3,600 more jobs over the next decade. For those keeping score at home, that will double the workforce Apple currently has in the city.
Texas Governor Rick Perry said in a statement that, “investments like this further Texas’ potential to become the nation’s next high-tech hub.” According to Perry’s office, the new Apple campus jobs will mostly be in sales, customer support, and accounting–although it’s possible that in the future, some of the high tech Apple jobs may come to the Austin campus.
As you might recall from a recent article here about Apple’s hinting at Corning glass on the new iPhone 5, Apple has boasted of creating roughly 514,000 jobs throughout the United States–a very impressive number considering the fact that a decade ago, Apple employed a mere fraction of that.
Although the idea of a $304 million campus is impressive even for such a large company as Apple, it’s likely that this is just the start of what’s to come. With the smash success of the new iPad and the upcoming iPhone 5, Apple may be looking to expand in even more areas in the months and years to come. And who knows, maybe your city or state will be next to play host to the high tech goodness that is Apple.