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New Apple data center could launch ‘any day now’


The new Apple data center in Maiden, North Carolina is expected to begin operations “any day now,” according to local officials, reports “Data Center Knowledge” (

Even as Apple begins to ramp up production at the 500,000 square foot iDataCenter, there are rumors circulating that Apple may be planning to build a second 500,000 square foot facility on the site, the article adds. The facility — not counting the rumored expansions — is expected to employ at least 50 full-time employees.

The North Carolina state legislation requires that the average wage exceed the wage standard of the county in which it’s located. A data center will typically contract locally for services such as server maintenance and repair, building and HVAC maintenance, landscaping and security — expenditures that could range from $5 million to $6 million annually in the region and create up to 250 jobs.

The North Carolina Department of Commerce originally projected that a data center investment of $1 billion would create more than 3,000 jobs in the regional economy, including hundreds of jobs related to construction and others created as a result of economic growth. However, Scott Millar, president of the Catawba County Economic Development Corp. told the “Charlotte Business Journal” last year that “there’s a chance the Apple facility will double to $2 billion in investment.”

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