August 14, 2008

Apple Might Bring 30 Jobs Downtown


Apple Inc. is negotiating to lease fifth-floor space in downtown Vancouver's Columbian office building.

The Cupertino, Calif., company known for Macintosh computers, iPod portable music players and iTunes would bring approximately 30 people to the new Vancouver location from offices elsewhere in Clark County. Apple has maintained a presence here for several years but has been unwilling to say much about the business unit because of its below-the-radar engineering research and development mission.

A company official familiar with lease negotiations did not return calls Tuesday.

According to Doug Ness, Columbian chief financial officer, Apple is negotiating to lease 8,857 square feet on the north, south and east sides of the new building, which opened in January. If all goes as expected, the move-in would be Nov. 1.

"We are absolutely delighted to have this caliber of company planning to be our next tenant," Ness said.

Apple would join tenants Alling Henning Associates Inc., a communications company; Moss Adams accounting firm; and IGI, an energy brokerage business.

Ness said another potential tenant is near a lease agreement.

Tamara Fuller with NAI Norris, Beggs & Simpson represents The Columbian in negotiations with Apple.

In Apple's third quarter ending June 28, the company reported revenue of $7.46 billion and $1.07 billion in net quarterly profit. Apple shipped nearly 2.5 million computers during the quarter and 11 million iPods.

Apple would provide a boost to employment downtown, where more than $300 million of redevelopment has occurred over the past 15 years.

Originally published by JULIA ANDERSON Columbian staff writer.

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