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Apple Opens ‘Secret’ Engineering Lab in Oregon

Apple Opens ‘Secret’ Engineering Lab in Oregon

Apple has quietly opened a new hardware engineering lab in Washington County, Ore., staffed by two-dozen employees recruited from Intel and other area tech companies.

The Oregonian, citing the ever-popular “source familiar with the matter,” as well as job postings and social media profiles of employees, says the facility’s exact location isn’t known, but is believed to be located between the towns of Beaverton and Hillsboro, west of Portland. Intel is a major employer in that area of Oregon.

Apple’s Oregon job postings seeks design verification expertise, a specialty for ensuring a finished product meets the original specifications.

LinkedIn profiles indicate Apple has been hiring for its Washington County site since November and that a number of its new employees previously held senior research or engineering roles at Intel.

The new facility is just the latest addition in what appears to be a period of heavy expansion by Apple. The Cupertino firm has been opening new facilities, both large and small, in a number of locations.

The Oregonian notes that Apple isn’t a newcomer to the area, as it also had a development team located in Vancouver since the early 1990s and also operated a data center in Prineville since 2013.

(Via AppleInsider)