Google showcases $600M data center in Lenoir

Posted May 21, 2008

— Internet search and applications giant Google held a community celebration Wednesday to showcase its $600 million data center.

More than 2,000 people were expected to turn out for the event, which included a ribbon cutting. The public celebration was scheduled to last until 7 p.m.

The festivities featured live music, local barbecue, activities for the kids and other surprises, took place at the data center site, located at 708 Lynhaven Drive, Lenoir.

Google began construction on the data center more than 200 acres of land in Lenoir in January 2007.

When it's completed, the center is expected to serve as a major routing point for Internet information and applications requests along the east coast of the United States.

(Note: This story contains information from The News-Topic.)


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  • hi_i_am_wade May 21, 2008

    For all the fanfare of Google, they have a serious problem holding onto employees. The reason? The workplace is too much like a playpen. People basically said that having all the cute Ikea style stuff and slides and video games was great if you are just coming out of college, but when they matured, the employees wanted something more adult. So it will be interesting to see the turnover of employees at this new Google complex.

  • davidgnews May 21, 2008

    And how many high-paying jobs was that deal supposed to net with our taxpayer 'blood money?'

    This is like one of those fireworks stands in S.C. - a 60ft facade on a 20ft building with flashing lights and not much else going on.