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Austin, Texas - 13 December 2018
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1. SOUNDBITE: (English) Diedre O'Brien, Vice President of People, Apple Inc.
"We are so thrilled to announce that we'll be opening a new campus here in north Austin." (Applause)
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Diedre O'Brien, Vice President of People, Apple Inc.:
"It'll be one hundred and thirty three acres, which is a significant campus. It's just part of a plan that we have to expand across the U.S., but a key part. We'll start with 5000 seats in the first phase, and we'll have the ability to expand to 15000 in total over time. "
3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Diedre O'Brien, Vice President of People, Apple Inc.
"This makes Apple Austin's largest employer and we're incredibly proud of that."
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Kristina Raspe, Vice President of Global Real Estate, Apple Inc.
"Everything Apple does flows through Austin. So, it makes sense that the jobs created here will cover the gamut."
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Mayor Steve Adler, (D) Austin:
"Apple is a phenomenal community neighbor and participant and part of this community."
Apple will build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, break ground on smaller locations in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, California, and over the next three years expand in Pittsburgh, New York and Boulder, Colorado, Boston, and Portland, Oregon.
The tech giant said Thursday that the new campus will open with 5,000 new positions, but it will have the capacity to eventually accommodate 15,000 employees in fields ranging from engineering or research and development, to sales and support.
The three other new locations will have more than 1,000 employees each.
Early this year, Apple said that it would make more than $30 billion in capital expenditures in the U.S. over the next five years.
That, the company said in January, would create more than 20,000 new jobs at existing and new campuses that Apple planned to build.
Where U.S. companies open new facilities or plants has always had the potential for public and political backlash.
That potential has intensified under the Trump administration, which has pushed companies to keep more of their operations inside the country's borders.
While CEO Tim Cook has steered mostly clear of President Donald Trump's ire, Apple did receive some push back three months ago from the White House.
Apple sent a letter to the U.S. trade representative warning that the burgeoning trade war with China and rising tariffs could force higher prices for U.S. consumers.
Trump in a tweet told Apple to start making its products in the U.S., and not China.
Apple uses a lot of overseas facilities in China and elsewhere to produce components and its products.
There are already 6,000 Apple employees in Austin, its largest operation outside of company headquarters in Cupertino, California, where 37,000 people are employed.
Apple said nearly a year ago that it would begin canvassing the U.S. for another campus.
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