Apple to Build $1B Server Farm in North Carolina
July 6, 2009 3:47 PM
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Apple reportedly will announce the exact location of its $1B server farm
Apple is expected to announce the location of a new $1 billion data center that is expected to be built in Maiden, which is located in North Carolina's Catawba County.
City officials are expected to join Apple executives at a press conference later this afternoon to announce the new data center. The Cupertino-based company has said on several occasions it plans to
build a new server farm in rural North Carolina
-- Catawba County is currently plagued by double-digit unemployment, so it's possible thousands of jobs could be created at the new facility.
In addition to an expected 3,000 full-time and part-time jobs at the facility over the next 10 years, hundreds of contractors and employees will be responsible for building the facility, though it's unknown when construction will begin.
Maiden Mayor Bob Smyre, when asked about an Apple facility in his town, said the Catawba County Economic Development Corp. will be responsible for making any announcements.
It appears Catawba County is actively developing a new 180-acre business park that has support for backup electricity, fiber-optic and water, which led some journalists and analysts to point to the county as the location for the Apple data center.
Last month, the company
announced its plans to build a data center
somewhere in North Carolina, though an exact location for the facility wasn't offered. The state modified its corporate income tax liability, allowing Apple to receive a $46 million state tax credit.
"North Carolina continues to be a prime location for growing and expanding global technology companies," state officials said after the announcement last month.
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7/6/2009 4:58:08 PM
Blowing Rock or Chimney Rock?
I agree it is indeed a nice area. I'm closer to Lake Wylie here.
7/6/2009 5:06:27 PM
Blowing Rock - I was stuck in Lenoir for a few days on a business trip years ago and said to heck with staying in my hotel room so every afternoon/evening I'd take my rental car up through the mountains and the twisties enjoying all the scenery as it blew by. I think some of the best barbecue I have had was outta a small restaurant in Blowing Rock. Nice town, quaint and wouldn't mind taking the wife up there for a quiet weekend.
I love Lake Wylie. :) I have an Uncle that lived on that lake for years, lots of good memories boating and fishing there. I think I've boated on all the major lakes in that part of the state actually.
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