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Apple picks site for North Carolina server farm

updated 11:45 am EDT, Mon June 29, 2009

Apple settles on NC site

Apple has at last chosen a location for a North Carolina server farm, reports say. Though the company confirmed intentions for an iDataCenter on June 3rd, with plans to invest $1 billion in the state over the course of nine years, it has not so far announced a specific location. Representatives for the town of Maiden, however, have scheduled a July 6th press conference, in which they are expected to formally acknowledge a deal with Apple.

The conference should validate earlier claims, which have suggested that the facility will be built in Catawba County. Legislation favoring Apple mandated that tax benefits would only come if the company invested in an impoverished rural area such as Catawba, which has an unemployment rate of roughly 15.5 percent. A $1 billion datacenter investment could generate 3,000 jobs in Catawba, according to North Carolina's Department of Commerce, including construction positions and other supporting roles.

The new building is set to become Apple's east-coast operations hub, and exploit the three-hour time difference with the company's Cupertino headquarters. It should "facilitate communications between European operations/sales and California for data transmission," an Apple document reads.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sounds like...

    Sounds like a good deal. Hopefully this will lessen iTunes outages during high demand times & apple online store will have less lag when making large orders on the east coast.

    - A

  1. Hillbilly Geek

    Joined: Dec 1969


    can I...

    telecommute from the north west mountains?

  1. wings_rfs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    They want to ski

    Close to Lake Norman, a great ski lake. That's why they chose it.

    And I'm 60 miles from the farm so I expect zero lag in my iTunes downloads next year.

  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I want zero lags or 3 bars from my Airport router just 25 ft away!

  1. twodales

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hooterville NC

    Lot's of luck to Apple finding anyone qualified to work there. Stupid is as stupid does.

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Are you calling

    Stephen Colbert stupid? :P ;)

  1. twodales

    Joined: Dec 1969


    @flying Meat

    Stephen Colbert is a poor choice since he was born in Washington DC and his family moved to North Carolina. The inbred crackers in this state could not possible produce anyone with an IQ over 80.

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