Meta, formerly the Facebook company (NASDAQ: FB), is planning a massive data center in Temple, investing about $800 million in the town that lies between North Texas and Austin.
The hyperscale data center facility will total about 900,000 square feet by the time the dust clears. The data center will be nestled on 393 acres off NW H K Dodgen Loop and Industrial Blvd.
“Meta’s continued expansion in Texas is a testament to the exceptional business climate and skilled, diverse workforce we have here in the Lone Star State,” said Texas Governor Greg Abbott in a prepared statement. “It is because of hardworking Texans and our commitment to helping businesses grow that companies continue to move and expand all across Texas. We are excited to welcome Meta to Temple and look forward to the new job opportunities they will bring to the local community, as well as the advancements in technology we will see in the future.”
According to a news release, the data center will support about 100 operational jobs in the community and employ 1,250 construction workers onsite during peak construction. The project is expected to break ground this year.
“We are thrilled to announce Meta’s decision to open a facility in Temple,” said Adrian Cannady, president and CEO of Temple Economic Development Corporation. “Texas was recently named the top state in the nation for tech worker migration. When you combine that with Temple’s low cost of doing business and central location between major markets, it creates an incredible competitive advantage for our region. The Hyperscale Data Center will have a positive impact on our community not only by creating jobs, but because of Meta’s commitment to invest in local schools, nonprofits and community projects.”
By Spencer Brewer – Staff Writer, Dallas Business Journal
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