iPhone manufacturer, Apple Inc. said on Wednesday it had started construction of a new campus in Austin, Texas, besides its existing facility where it makes the new MacBook Pro laptops.
Chief executive officer of Apple, Tim Cook is set to give a tour of the Texas factory to U.S. President Donald Trump later on Wednesday.
According to Reuters, Apple has faced limitations from Trump because it makes most of its products in China. But Cook and Trump have developed a good relationship. In 2017, Trump said Cook had “promised me three big plants — big, big, big.”
The newly built facility costs around $1 billion, the 3-million-square-foot campus will initially house 5,000 employees, with the capacity to grow to 15,000, and is expected to open in 2022, Apple said.
Reuters stated that, the state of Austin is one of the fastest-growing U.S. cities, with a population of about 1 million, and is home to the University of Texas and other tech companies, including Dell Technologies Inc. in nearby Round Rock, Texas.
Apple also continues its expansion in Boulder, Culver City, New York, Pittsburgh, San Diego, and Seattle, it said in a statement.
The company stated that it is also preparing to ship the new Mac Pro desktop computers to customers, at a production facility just a short distance away from Austin, starting in December.