Facebook Announces Second Data Center, in North Carolina

Facebook announced plans today to open a second data center in Forest City in Rutherford County, North Carolina. The company said in a press release that the move is part of a policy of moving user data from leased data centers to cost-effective, customized facilities.

A press release from North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue notes that Facebook is set to invest $450 million initially in the new facility, which will take 18 months to construct.  During construction, about 250 construction and mechanical jobs are to be created, and once construction is complete, about 35 to 45 full-time and contracts jobs will be created, the press release noted.