Last year, we reported that Samsung has started to produce A5 chips in Texas. Then earlier this month it was reported that Apple is investing $300 million in Austin, Texas to add 3,600 more workers. Today, local Austin TV station KVUE reports that the council has reached an unanimous vote to approve the request.
The city’s motive will be in addition to a Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) award approved by Texas’s governor Rick Perry. The company will receive $21 million over 10 years from the TEF as Apple expands its local customer support, sales, and accounting operations. Travis County is also considering contributing $6 million to the expansion.
MacNN reports that the facility will be built on “38 acres of land with at least one million square feet of office space” and will function as a new “Americas Operations center” for the company.
In addition, Apple will become the second-largest private employer in Austin, behind only Dell, if the company follows through with the proposal. Apple currently employs around 3,100 people at its Austin offices.