March 09, 2007

Kevin Hall
(804) 225-4260

William Russell
Christie Miller
(804) 545-5805
-Criticon to hire for 25 new jobs paying average salary of $80,000-

RICHMOND - Governor Timothy M. Kaine today announced that Criticon, a data processing and preparation host, will invest $115 million to open a 150,000-square-foot co-location data storage center in the City of Harrisonburg. The project will create 25 new jobs paying an average $80,000 salary.

The company, which will expand by 40,000 square feet the former Tyco Building at 1175 N. Main Street, will own and operate the data center and have additional tenants operating their own equipment within a designated area. Virginia successfully competed with Maryland for the project.

“Harrisonburg is the right fit for Criticon’s first co-location data center,” said Governor Kaine. “The area’s university, technology savvy workforce, and multiple fiber carriers meet all the company’s needs. Criticon’s significant investment to convert the former Tyco Building and create new, high paying technology jobs will broaden the corporate base in Harrisonburg and the region.”

Recently formed for mission critical facilities development, Criticon Corporation is a privately held company headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. Criticon’s primary market focus will be on serving federal government and private enterprise business continuity needs. Its principal officers are William A. Russell, Jr., CEO, and John F. Casey, President.

“This is just the first of several mission-critical facilities including data centers, continuity offices and disaster recovery sites that we expect to build in the Shenandoah Valley,” said Russell, adding that Harrisonburg is the ideal location for such a facility. “It’s just over 100 miles from Washington, DC, over 50 miles outside the 50-mile blast zone, yet an easy two-hour drive. It is also over 50 miles from the nearest nuclear power plant, behind the Blue Ridge Mountains and accessible to plenty of electrical power and telecommunications fiber optic lines.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the City of Harrisonburg and the Shenandoah Valley Partnership to secure the project for Virginia. The Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide training assistance through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

“This is a wonderful announcement for Harrisonburg, the Shenandoah Valley, and Virginia,” said Harrisonburg Mayor Rodney Eagle. “We are extremely pleased that Criticon chose Harrisonburg as the site of its co-location data center. The tremendous private investment and creation of 25 high-paying jobs will have a significant economic impact for years to come.”


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