1937 - IBM establishes a sales office in Austin.
1966 - In December IBM announces it will build a 200,000 square-foot typewriter manufacturing plant in Northwest Austin.
1967 - On Aug. 1, IBM’s new plant opens and it ships its first IBM Selectric Composer. This plant is near present-day Nordstrom in the Domain shopping center.
1970s - IBM’s Austin plant is used to develop and assemble word processing machines.
1978: Needing more space for its Austin workers, IBM constructs two buildings in Austin.
1984: The IBM Personal Portable Computer is manufactured in Austin.
1986- Austin becomes the center of development of its Power chips, which are microprocessors used in servers and supercomputers.
1986- IBM announces that the IBM PC Convertible, the company’s first laptop computer, will be developed in Austin.
1980s- The Austin plant shifts toward manufacturing of electronic circuit packaging and personal computers. Austin is still a development center for Power chips and systems.
1990- IBM’s Austin employment reaches a peak of 8,000.
1990s- The company’s Austin operations move away from hardware manufacturing to software, services and microprocessor and server design.
1992: IBM finishes construction of its new Burnet Road offices, which consist of nine buildings and take up 1.1 million square feet.
1994: Apple Macintosh transitions to a Power processor designed in Austin through an alliance with Apple and Motorola. Apple uses these microprocessors for the next 12 years.
1995: Austin becomes the site of IBM Research’s third U.S. R&D lab. (There are now 12 such labs globally.)
1996: Austin-based Tivoli Software is acquired by IBM for $743 million. Tivoli makes software that helps businesses manage computer networks.
1997: IBM sells its circuit board manufacturing plant in Austin to a California company called Multilayer Technology. After this sale, IBM no longer does manufacturing in Austin.
Early 2000s: IBM’s Austin site is focused on designing servers, supercomputers, microprocessors and developing enterprise software, as well as research and development work.
2004: Microsoft’s X-Box and Nintendo Wii both use processors developed by IBM in Austin. The Sony Playstation also used a word processor designed by a team of engineers in Austin who work for IBM, Sony and Toshiba.
2012: IBM decides to place its global design team in Austin. That design group now has more than 400 people.
2015: IBM opens the “Watson Ranch” in Austin, which is a team of IBM Watson developers, designers and executives who focus on the development and design of Watson APIs and services. Austin is also the home base for Watson lab team that works on next-generation Watson capabilities.
2017: Today, IBM’s Austin operations are a microcosm of the global company. Every piece of IBM’s business, from Watson to cybersecurity and cloud computing, has a presence in Austin.
Source: IBM, Austin American-Statesman archives, Austin History Center
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