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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 7/7/2009 12:36:11 PM , Rating: -1
people that want to be productive
Being productive != being gigahetz hunter
you cannot be considered a true Apple fan now
Gigahertz hunters are pretty slow thinkers. You must be the last one among DT readers here who realized that. Better later than never, eh? ;)

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.

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