The CEO of Apple has announced that the company has started building a 133-acre campus in Austin Texas and that the project is costing Apple $1Billion.
Tim Cook on Wednesday made the announcement a few hours before taking the president and his entourage on a tour of Apple’s Mac Pro facility in Texas. The new campus according to Apple is located near the Texas Mac Pro production facility and is expected to be open in 2022. It will initially accommodate 5,000 employees and overtime its capacity will grow to 15,000.
Cook in a statement said that the $1 billion Austin campus currently under construction will deepen Apple’s close bond with the city as well as the talented and diverse workforce found there. The campus will run solely on renewable energy and feature a 50-acre nature and wildlife preserve. The CEO also announced the production of the all-new Mac Pro which the company will start shipping to customers soon. The new Apple Mac Pro is said to be 15,000 times faster than the original Mac and has been described as Apple’s most powerful machine ever.
Speaking on the production of the new Mac Pro Tim Cook said: “Like every product that Apple makes, the new computer is designed and engineered in the US, and we are pleased to support 2.4 million jobs across the nation.” The Mac Pro facility reportedly cost Apple and its manufacturing partners about $200 million to set up. The manufacturing plant currently has more than 500 employees who work in different capacities.
Shortly after the announcement of the new campus, the U.S. president arrived at Apple’s Texas production facility where the new Mac Pro computer will be assembled. President Trump who has been hammering on keeping U.S. manufacturing jobs in America toured the facility with his daughter and senior White House advisor, Ivanka Trump, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Senior Advisor Jared Kushner and Director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow. It will be recalled that the president had earlier refused to grant Apple a waiver on Chinese import tariffs for its new computer, saying that the company should produce the Mac Pro in the United States.