PHOTO: A concept design of the new Facebook data center that will be built in Huntsville. (Facebook | Huntsville Data Center)
By Staff Reports
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Governor Kay Ivey announced last Thursday that Facebook will invest $750 million to build a data center in Huntsville, creating 100 high-paying jobs for north Alabama. Ivey was joined for the announcement by Facebook representatives and local leaders.
"Every day, millions of people around the world use Facebook's products, and this new Alabama data center will soon play a role in keeping the company's popular platforms running flawlessly," Governor Ivey said. "Facebook has found a great location in Sweet Home Alabama, and we'll do our best to help the company grow and prosper here."
The company said it chose Alabama and the Huntsville area because of quality of life, a pro-business environment, and a talented and available workforce.
"We are excited to be joining the Huntsville community. As one of the fastest growing tech hubs in the country, we knew it would be a great location for our newest data center," said Matt VanderZanden, director of site selection at Facebook. "We are committed to having a positive impact at the local level and look forward to a strong partnership with the Huntsville community."
Once construction is complete, the Huntsville data center will employ approximately 100 people with an average annual salary of $80,000.
“Huntsville’s Gig City strategy to sustain our position as a leader in the knowledge economy has brought us a company that knows something about creating connections,” said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle. “Facebook has built its business on connecting friends to family, businesses to customers, and people to the world. Huntsville is proud to be the center of these connections with the construction of this data center.”
Facebook has established a new Page for this project: Facebook.com/HuntsvilleDataCenter. Please ‘Like’ the page for updates specific to the Huntsville data center, including job postings, information on how to join in the construction process, and more.