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Apple is reportedly planning to hire an more than 500 additional employees for its European headquarters in Cork, Ireland. "Apple has been in Cork for over 30 years and we are thrilled to be expanding our presence there," an Apple spokesperson said "Our plans will add over 500 new jobs to support our growing business across Europe." Apple currently employs 2,800 workers in its Cork offices, the Irish Times said Friday.

Apple has had a presence in Cork since 1980 and the company has manufactured the Mac G3 and iMac at that location. It currently assembles the Mac Pro in Cork, too. The Cork plant is reportedly a huge part of Apple's supply chain strategy for Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

"The announcement that Apple, one of the world's leading companies, is expanding its operations in Ireland and creating 500 new jobs is a huge boost for the country," said Richard Bruton, Ireland's minister of jobs. "It is a great testament to the company's workforce, a great vote of confidence in the future of our economy, and it shows what is possible for Ireland at the heart of a stable Europe."

[via AppleInsider, Irish Times]