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http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20120309-712163.html

Apple Plans To Double Texas Facilities, Invest $304 Million

By Ian Sherr

Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES

SAN FRANCISCO (Dow Jones)--Apple Inc. (AAPL) plans to build a $304 million campus in Austin, Texas, doubling its presence there over the next decade.

The Cupertino, Calif., company said it will add 3,600 jobs in the next 10 years to its existing work force of 3,500 employees there. Apple said the move is part of a rapid expansion from 1,000 employees in 2004.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry's office said most of the jobs will be in sales, customer support and accounting for the area. In exchange, the state offered Apple a $21 million investment over 10 years through its business development efforts called the Texas Enterprise Fund.

"Apple is known for its bold innovation and game-changing designs, and the expansion of their Austin facility adds to the growing list of visionary high-tech companies that have found that Texas' economic climate is a perfect fit for their future," Perry said in a statement. "Investments like this further Texas' potential to become the nation's next high-tech hub."

The announcement follows numerous media reports about Apple's vast and growing supply chain, some of which have focused on employees at manufacturing contractors in countries such as China, as well as how they are being treated. In response, the company has released detailed internal reports and paid for an outside firm to perform an audit.

Apple also invited a news crew to one of its manufacturing facilities, and published a study saying its slate of devices and services had created 514,000 jobs throughout the U.S. Apple said the jobs created were in a variety of industries from shipping and receiving to application development.

Apple shares recently traded up 0.6% at $545.24.

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"I want to take this opportunity to mention how thankful I am for an Obama re-election. The choice was clear. We cannot live in a country that treats homosexuals and women as second class citizens. Homosexuals deserve all of the rights and benefits of marriage that heterosexuals receive. Women deserve to be treated with respect and their salaries should not depend on their gender, but their quality of work. I am also thankful that the great, progressive state of California once again voted for the correct President. America is moving forward, and the direction is a positive one."

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They are still building that massive temple to worship their ascended cult leader in the bay area.

In a couple of decades from now all California is going to have left is illegals, old hippies, granolas, and homosexuals. It's going to end up a waste land. B-)


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"I want to take this opportunity to mention how thankful I am for an Obama re-election. The choice was clear. We cannot live in a country that treats homosexuals and women as second class citizens. Homosexuals deserve all of the rights and benefits of marriage that heterosexuals receive. Women deserve to be treated with respect and their salaries should not depend on their gender, but their quality of work. I am also thankful that the great, progressive state of California once again voted for the correct President. America is moving forward, and the direction is a positive one."

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In a couple of decades from now all California is going to have left is illegals, old hippies, granolas, and homosexuals. It's going to end up a waste land. B-)

Gays are all rich. They don't have women driving them to ruin. Don't worry about the undocumented workers. All the folks looking for work are moving to Texas. Texas is the current boom state.

That leaves just the hippies, that live off what stale outdated ####### they get from the food bank, and the farmers growing lettuce and grapes.

Cool. California getting back to its roots. Love it!

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In a couple of decades from now all California is going to have left is illegals, old hippies, granolas, and homosexuals. It's going to end up a waste land. B-)

Sounds like my kind of place. :dancing:

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry's office said most of the jobs will be in sales, customer support and accounting for the area.

"Investments like this further Texas' potential to become the nation's next high-tech hub."

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So they expand their call center and bookkeeping in Texas. That, Mr. Governor, does not put Texas on a path to become a high tech hub. It shows that businesses identify it as a low wage location where one would locate call centers and other support functions. But I guess to Perry a place that has a workforce that sits at a desk with a telephone and a PC is somehow a high tech hub. :rofl:

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So they expand their call center and bookkeeping in Texas. That, Mr. Governor, does not put Texas on a path to become a high tech hub. It shows that businesses identify it as a low wage location where one would locate call centers and other support functions. But I guess to Perry a place that has a workforce that sits at a desk with a telephone and a PC is somehow a high tech hub. :rofl:

If you understand anything about Austin, you'd know that if Apple is starting off by bringing those operations over, it's only a matter of time before making a full corporate move.


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If you understand anything about Austin, you'd know that if Apple is starting off by bringing those operations over, it's only a matter of time before making a full corporate move.

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Why do I think you're delusional? Well, if you would have read the article in the OP, you would have learned that Apple has had a low cost call center and support operation in Austin for at least the last 8 years. Over those 8 years, the staff there has grown from 1,000 to 3,500. Apple now announced nothing but the doubling of the size of the low cost support staff there over the next ten years. There are a good many companies that move support functions into low cost centers such as Texas. None of them are looking to move their headquarters there. Neither is Apple.

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