from Governor Perdue’s website
Announces Social Networking Leader to Build Data Center in Rutherford County
Gov. Bev Perdue announced today that Facebook, the world?s leading social networking service connecting more than 500 million people, will locate a multi-million dollar data center near Forest City in Rutherford County.
The facility is expected to create more than 250 construction and mechanical jobs during its 18-month building phase. When construction is completed, the data center will employ around 35-45 full-time and contract workers. Facebook is expected to invest about $450 million dollars in the new data center. Additional construction phases may be possible in the future, depending on business needs.
“We are proud that Facebook chose to make North Carolina a „friend.? The feeling is certainly mutual,” said Gov. Perdue. “You can?t pick up a newspaper, read a magazine or flip on the television without hearing more great news about our state. The investment and jobs at the data center will be a boon to that region of the state, and will help confirm North Carolina?s distinction as a global business destination.”
Perdue said the state has been working with Facebook?s representatives for about a year to help bring together the land, utilities and incentives to make the project a success. North Carolina has become a destination for data center projects including previous announcements by Apple, Google and IBM.
You can follow the progress on Facebook here http://www.facebook.com/rutherforddatacenter#!/rutherforddatacenter