Amazon, Apple, Tesla and others taking Austin by storm


imageOf all the lists we do each year, this one cataloging the largest technology employers in the region provides perhaps the most insight into Austin’s new economy.

These companies pay big salaries, a blessing and a curse as affordability deteriorates.They eat up tons of office space and housing, demand bigger roads and better schools, and further shine the spotlight on Austin in a way that beckons other to come here — and with all of that gain comes a lot of the pain Austin feels now.

The companies on this list each year reflect an Austin economy in overdrive.Take Inc., for instance.In 2017 it reported 350 local employees, ranking it No.34.What a difference five years makes.

It’s No.2 now, and next year — due to recent job announcements and big, new warehouses we see in the works — Amazon might top this list, knocking Dell Technologies Inc.out of a No.1 spot it has held for more than 30 years.

Even Apple Inc., with its new North Austin campus on the verge of opening, may eclipse Dell’s size in the coming years.

And out of nowhere this year comes Tesla, shooting up to No.

5 immediately like one of its cars going “plaid.”

After seeing the changes in the past five years, can you comprehend what the next five years will yield?

The tech giants continue to descend on Central Texas, experts tell us.New names get added to this list, while one should also expect those who are on it now to get even bigger.

BAE System is hiring hundreds of workers in the coming months for its new North Austin campus.Google is awaiting completion of its sail-looking tower downtown .And, of course, Samsung is going full steam ahead on its massive factory in Taylor..

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