Apple is in plans to expand a data center located in Reno, Nevada as iCloud storage demands rise for the iPhone maker. The expansion plans will cost $1 billion and will lead to the hiring of additional workers at the facility.
“We’re excited to be increasing our contributions to the local economy with an additional $1 billion investment to expand our data center and supporting facilities. As part of our growth, we plan to hire 100 employees…” John Rosenstock, a spokesperson for Apple wrote in an email sent to The Associated Press.
Rosenstock also added that during the construction phase of the data center another 300 jobs will be created.
At the same time Reno City Council gave its approval for the construction of a receiving and shipping warehouse by the Cupertino, California-based tech giant. The project will make Apple eligible to receive tax breaks worth millions of dollars.
This comes in the wake of an announcement by Apple that the company will be starting a $1 billion fund whose goal will be to create more manufacturing jobs in the United States. At present Apple’s entire workforce in the U.S. is 80,000 employees and over half of them are located in the state of California. In the state of Nevada where Apple has made the biggest solar investment to power its data center, the iPhone maker has a workforce of around 700. Most of these are employees at the company’s five retail stores.
Reno Technology Center
Apple’s Nevada data center is situated at the Reno Technology Center. When Apple made a commitment to put up the data center five years ago, it received $89 million in sales and state property tax abatements. With the new expansion plans, the governor of Nevada, Brian Sandoval, said that the choice of Nevada as the location for the data center was a demonstration of the attractiveness of the state as an investment destination.
Other technology companies that have recently invested in North Nevada include Google which acquired land at the Reno Industrial Center recently at a price of $29.1 million. The Tahoe Reno Industrial Center is also going to be the site of the world’s biggest data center facility once Switch finishes constructing its facility there. Rackspace is also said to be preparing to put up a data center that will also be located at the Reno Technology Park.