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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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RE: $1,000,000,000.00 worth of Macs?
By Pirks on 7/6/2009 6:31:25 PM , Rating: -1
Another welfare check receiver?

RE: $1,000,000,000.00 worth of Macs?
By ClownPuncher on 7/6/2009 6:54:10 PM , Rating: 4
Haven't you been absorbed into the Apple Hive Mind yet?

RE: $1,000,000,000.00 worth of Macs?
By 67STANG on 7/6/2009 7:40:48 PM , Rating: 4
So because we constantly state the (correct) fact that anything with a half-eaten apple on it is overpriced, we are poor?

Some of the richest people in the world have the money they have, because they don't waste it.

I think I speak for everyone here when I say that I hope your iPhone heats up to 500 degrees and flame-broils you-- which judging by recent events, is quite likely.

RE: $1,000,000,000.00 worth of Macs?
By Pirks on 7/6/09, Rating: -1
RE: $1,000,000,000.00 worth of Macs?
By 67STANG on 7/7/2009 11:04:15 AM , Rating: 2
The fact that's something is "overpriced" for your welfare check means nothing to your neighbor who makes more than you. Time to learn that people have different needs and not everyone is hunting for gigahertz/gigabytes like you do.

Right, just people that want to be productive. (i.e. - use a computer for more than decoration.)

My SE Z200 "iPhone" can't heat up 'cause it's made by SE, not by Apple. Suck it down losa :)

Actually it's made by underage Chinese children. Besides that, you cannot be considered a true Apple fan now-- you didn't by a 3GS the day it came out.

RE: $1,000,000,000.00 worth of Macs?
By Pirks on 7/7/09, Rating: -1
RE: $1,000,000,000.00 worth of Macs?
By themaster08 on 7/8/2009 7:00:06 AM , Rating: 2
Being productive != being gigahetz hunter

Being productive = looking for value for money for whatever they need a computer for.

If an Apple product doesn't fit into that category (which it doesn't for the vast majority) then that doesn't mean they're on welfare.

That makes them smart thinkers for considering their own needs.

Gigahertz hunters are pretty slow thinkers.

As opposed to Apple hunters who are typically non-thinkers. They see something that looks appealing from an aesthetical point of view, and base their purchase on that. No thinking required.

That's alright though, I have nothing against people who purchase something because it looks aesthetically pleasing, but I think you need to understand that those looking for productivity will see the MacBook as non-beneficial as it's price point.

By themaster08 on 7/8/2009 6:31:59 AM , Rating: 1
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer

I guess Steve Ballmer must be on welfare too.

"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -- Isaac Asimov
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