Apple announced plans to establish new engineering hubs outside of its Silicon Valley home in 2018, including a new campus in Austin, Texas, and a growing presence in Seattle.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on June 25, 2019

Apple is to add 2,000 software and hardware jobs in Seattle within the next five years as a part of a strategy to expand beyond Silicon Valley.

The announcement that Apple was to lease all the office space in two nearly completed 12-storey buildings featured Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Apple’s Vice President of Global Real Estate, Kristina Raspe. The office space can accommodate more than 3,000 workers and the offices are expected to be completed by the end of the year.

An initial 200 people will be employed this year.

“Seattle will become a key engineering hub for Apple with new positions distributed across many specialty engineering fields,” Raspe said, the Seattle Times reported

Apple last year announced plans to employ more than 1,000 workers in Seattle by 2022 as part of a larger expansion effort. Google and Facebook are also leasing property near the new Amazon offices in Seattle.

“If you look at where they’ve grown elsewhere in the country, their growth has been exponential to what they anticipated,” Durkan said in a statement. “And so I think it’s a really good sign.”

Jenny Durkan Photo: Wikimedia Commons
The Mayor of Seattle Jenny Durkan is delighted to capture 2,000 positions.

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Apple announced plans to establish new engineering hubs outside of its Silicon Valley home in 2018, including a new campus in Austin, Texas, and a growing presence in Seattle.

“These new jobs confirm what we already knew: We have the best talent and city anywhere,” Durkan said.

“Apple’s expanded footprint in Seattle is another example of the growing opportunity that exists for residents of Seattle and the economic powerhouse our city has become.”

Apple’s history in Seattle includes buying the startup business Union Bay Networks, a cloud-networking company, in 2014. Two years later it captured another startup, Turi, that focused on machine learning.

Worldwide, the total number of Apple employees reached more than 132,000 in 2018, Statisca reported. The number of employees has increased every year.