Apple to build $1.3 billion data center in Iowa, create 550 new jobs

Apple announced plans on Thursday to build a $1.3 billion data center in Iowa that will run on 100 percent renewable energy.

Amid political pressure by President Donald Trump to bring more jobs to the United States, Apple also will be bringing at least 550 construction and operations jobs to Waukee, Iowa, where the data center will be based. Waukee is a town of 20,000 people that sits on the western edge of the Des Moines metropolitan area.

The move follows Apple’s biggest manufacturer, Foxconn, pledging to build a $10 billion factory to produce television panels in Wisconsin last month. The Chinese iPhone manufacturer said the factory will bring between 3,000 to 13,000 new jobs.

Apple CEO Tim Cook was in Des Moines to unveil the plan. He also pledged up to $100 million to a newly created Public Improvement Fund for community development and infrastructure around Waukee.

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The first project by the Public Improvement Fund will be helping fund a local youth sports complex, according to Iowa’s television news station WHO.

“Our new data center in Iowa will help serve millions of people across North America who use Siri, iMessage, Apple Music and other Apple services — all powered by renewable energy,” said Cook in a press release. “Apple is responsible for 2 million jobs in all 50 states and we’re proud today’s investment will add to the more than 10,000 jobs we already support across Iowa, providing even more economic opportunity for the community.”

Cook was also in Cincinnati on Thursday, touring a local manufacturer.

The data center is expected to start construction early 2018 and come online in 2020. The data center will run on wind power and other alternative renewable energy sources — in line with Apple’s 2012 pledge to run all its facilities on 100 percent renewable energy.

The Iowa data center will be joining a nationwide web of Apple data centers that range from Newark, California; Reno, Nevada; Maiden, North Carolina; and Prineville, Oregon. Apple did not respond to a question on how many data centers it has in the United States.

In return for its data center construction, Apple was given $208 million in state and local tax breaks by the state of Iowa.

“We’re honored Apple is choosing Iowa for the site of its most technologically advanced data center to date,” said Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds. “Apple’s commitment to innovation and renewable energy leadership mirrors our own. This investment in our state is vital as we continue to develop as a technology hub and grow our workforce.”

Photo: Apple’s $1.3 billion investment in Waukee, Iowa, will create more than 550 new jobs. (Courtesy Apple)


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  • hoapres


    Just make sure that Apple is hiring Americans instead of shipping in more h1bs.

  • hoapres

    Kind of amazing that we are getting more jobs with a Trump administration than an Obama one.

    I am about to be banned for political incorrectness. So maybe someone at SJMN can explain to everyone how I can post here while I am banned on the SJMN main website.

    Not disputing that SJMN can ban anybody they want, I just don’t understand how I can blog here but not on their main website.

    Makes no sense to me.

    Well, as SJMN keeps saying support a free press by subscribing to the SJMN.

    • Note we are still running on the Obama budget. It was Obama who brought us out of the great republican recession.

      Also – please note that many of these construction jobs are for the renewable energy. Without that – those jobs would not exist.

      • hoapres

        Uh No.

        We never had a recovery.

        At least with Obama.

  • 550 new construction jobs are great – but most will end when the building is complete. The data center itself will not use that many.

    • hoapres


      It’s more than Obama done.

      Trump opens up his mouth and Ford builds a plant in the US.

      Obama just rambled on the economy and nothing got done.