CNN Business – Apple is putting more detail on its plan to create 20,000 jobs in the United States over the next five years.
The company said Thursday it will spend $1 billion to build a new campus in Austin, Texas.
The city is already home to one Apple (AAPL) campus, a sprawling facility with 6,200 employees that is the company’s largest outside its headquarters in Cupertino, California.
Apple’s new Austin campus will be less than a mile from the existing one and will be spread across 133 acres, the company said in a statement. It is expected to make Apple the city’s largest employer, with a workforce of 5,000 employees and the capacity to add 10,000 more.
Texas House Speaker Joe Straus of San Antonio released the following statement about Apple’s decision to build a new Austin campus and create thousands of new jobs:
“I want to thank Apple for making another major investment in Texas. This shows that a business-friendly state not only offers low taxes and competitive incentives, but is also welcoming to all workers. We need to maintain this inclusive, comprehensive approach to economic development.”
Jason Arms, president of FIRST RGV, a nonprofit that encourages students pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math through robotics competitions, said:
“As a non-profit promoting STEM education through the use of robotics, we are excited to hear that Apple is expanding its footprint in Texas. We look forward to partnering with Apple on innovative approaches to inspire the STEM leaders of tomorrow. More technology companies in Texas means more opportunities for our students to stay and do great things here.”
Arms pointed out that FIRST has just formed an even stronger partnership with Bosch.
Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above news clip shows Apple Park in Cupertino, California.