Facebook data center coming to Rutherford County

Posted November 11, 2010 12:14 p.m. EST
Updated November 11, 2010 12:38 p.m. EST

— 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.