Apple Plans Major US Expansion.. Austin, Texas Site of $1B New Facility
Apple has announced intentions to build a new 1 billion dollar campus in Austin, Texas. The company has also announced plans to expand to over 1,000 staff in Seattle, San Diego, and Los Angeles over the next three years, while adding “hundreds” of staff in Pittsburgh, New York, Boulder, Boston and Portland, Oregon. The Austin campus will employ roughly 21,000 employees and will undoubtedly become the leading employer in Austin. The campus will be environmentally friendly and have up to 50 acres of open space. Quite a big leap for an “American” company who has always manufactured it’s products elsewhere.
This is undoubtedly in response to critics saying that Apple is not really an American company (because they do the majority of their business elsewhere) and treats it’s workers unjustly. We all remember the scandal in Foxconn in 2010 where 14 suicides were committed at Apple’s factory and dormitory. I wonder if Apple has made modifications to that factory and gave them 50 acres of open space. I’m sure they have, but this move still hasn’t won me over.
More recently, it was discovered that Chinese workers were still being treated unfairly in Apple’s factories. Filming on an iPhone 6 production line showed exhausted workers falling asleep on their 12-hour shifts. This type of issue should be addressed before developing new campuses in the US.