Facebook data center coming to Rutherford County

Posted November 11, 2010

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— Gov. Bev Perdue said Thursday that social networking giant Facebook will build a data center in Rutherford County.

“We are proud that Facebook chose to make North Carolina a ‘friend.’ The feeling is certainly mutual,” Perdue said in a statement.

Construction of the $450 million Forest City facility will create 250 jobs over an 18-month period, according to the governor's office. Once finished, Facebook expects to offer 35-45 full-time and contract jobs.

"The team we will hire here will help us provide faster, more reliable and more robust service to people around the world who rely on Facebook to connect and share,” Tom Furlong, director of site operations for Facebook, said in a statement.

Perdue said the state has been working with Facebook’s representatives for about a year to bring together the land, utilities and incentives to land the project. North Carolina has become a hub for data centers in recent years, including facilities for Apple, Google and IBM.

The Facebook center will be designed to the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED "gold standard," a third-party verification of environmental sensitivity, officials said.


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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Nov 12, 2010

    Data centers run on autopilot. They don't need a lot of workers. Most of the operations are lights out except for a few operators to monitor the servers in the facility. In addition, most are managed from a central site. More wasted taxdollars.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Nov 12, 2010

    They had better be careful. Remember what happened to Dell in Forsythe County after the state and the county gave them all of the money. Dell is in the process of leaving.

  • serious Nov 12, 2010

    and the "250 jobs created" during construction are only 18 month gigs at best. Definitely won't secure anyone's retirement. Sounds like they are overstating to make it sound like its worth taxpayers money to bring it here.

  • serious Nov 12, 2010

    I agree with stocklotbuyer. My first thought was where the heck is Rutherford County?

  • serious Nov 12, 2010

    Im just wondering why an almost half billion dollar facility will only house 35-45 jobs.

  • Sophie Lowe Nov 11, 2010

    Nccarguy- why possibly waste your time and money to get LEED anything? How many kilowatts is that bicycle rack going to save you? And, have you noticed? I have either silenced blewdevl or he/she is still busily collecting data, LOL!

  • ncmickey Nov 11, 2010

    You are some complaining, negative sad sacks on here. ANY jobs is good news....

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Nov 11, 2010

    BLEWDEVL...fat fingered my about we agree that it MAY be interesting to SEE if it's possible to make GOLD and it make financial sense? My concern was that an enormous amount of money was going to be given to this group by TAX payer dollars, and it not really net what we spend just to say we're being "green".

  • BLEWDEVL Nov 11, 2010

    @ NCcarguy, I too am a LEED Certified engineer. In many cases you are correct, many of the LEED points won't pay off, if we assume current building life cycle times and resource costs. When you factor in higher costs in the future, you most always get a cost savings on the energy and water credits, and should for any innovation credits. Like I said previously though, a data center is a huge consumer of energy. Getting an energy savings of 20% or 30% for something like that should pay off more quickly, depending on the specific methodology used, given the high rate of energy consumption.

  • dlk13ster Nov 11, 2010

    As far as I can tell, this is good news across the board. This story has something for everyone:
    -eco-building standards for libs-
    -tax breaks and pro-business incentives for the cons.
    -new jobs for the working class
    -$450M in investment capital for the "big business will save us" crowd.