Digital Realty Expands Campus in Loudoun County’s Data Center Alley

Digital Realty recently announced a $150 million expansion to its data center campus in Virginia’s Loudoun County. The project is expected to create 50 new jobs over the next three years.

Digital Realty is the largest data center operator in Loudoun County, with more than one million square feet of space. The company’s latest building is expected to be 400,000 square feet and house 22 data centers.

This project is a strong follow-up to the company’s announcement last May. It broke ground on its fourth building in Loudoun County, representing an $80 million investment and the anticipated creation of 12 full-time jobs and 180 temporary positions.

Often called "Data Center Alley," Loudoun County has become one of the top data center locations in the country. It currently maintains five million square feet of existing data center space with another three million square feet in development.

Loudoun County also handles up to 70 percent of the world’s Internet traffic each day.

Fueled by increased customer demand for cloud computing, mobile applications and social networking, the data center industry continues to grow at a rapid pace. So far this year, announced investments in Virginia’s data center industry have topped $1.4 billion.

The Commonwealth remains a prime location for data centers due to its advanced fiber infrastructure, abundant power redundancy, affordable energy rates and top notch IT workforce. Virginia has the highest concentration of high-tech workers according to Cyberstates 2013.

In addition, Virginia’s Retail Sales and Use Tax Exemption on qualified computer equipment helps data center operators lower their overall cost structure.

Virginia is home to 700 data centers establishments and has seen more than $7.5 billion in announced data center investment over the last decade. To learn why leaders like Amazon, Capital One, Digital Realty, Facebook, Google and Microsoft have all chosen the Commonwealth, click here.


Roanoke County Selected Over Six States for $93.5 Million Investment from Ardagh Group

Ardagh Group announced plans to invest $93.5 million to establish a metal packaging manufacturing plant in Roanoke County. This project is expected to create 96 new jobs, and is the largest single manufacturing investment in Roanoke County’s history.

This project illustrates another example of the powerful effect of supply chain economic development. Ardagh Group recently won a long-term supply agreement with ConAgra, which required the company to add manufacturing capacity on the East Coast.

Virginia was selected over Kentucky, North Carolina, Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Tennessee because Roanoke County offered proximity to a major customer, a skilled labor force and access to the Commonwealth’s premier logistics infrastructure.

With global headquarters in Luxembourg, Ardagh Group is a leading supplier of glass and metal packaging, with a focus on the food and beverage industry. The company produces 26.6 billion containers each year and has more than 100 facilities in 25 countries.

This investment furthers Virginia’s winning streak in the food and beverage industry — to date Virginia has seen announcements that are expected to yield more than $500 million in investment and 1,100 new jobs. To learn more, click here.

North American Mold Technology Brings New Operation and 120 Jobs to Danville

North American Mold Technology announced plans to establish a new operation in Danville through a $4.35 million investment, creating 120 new jobs. NAMT will occupy the former Corning building, a 260,000-square-foot facility.

NAMT is a newly-formed company that manufactures and services tire molds for suppliers in the tire industry. Danville’s proximity to major players in the tire industry helped Virginia win this project over Ohio. Southern Virginia has become quite a hub for the automotive industry, and is home to the National Tire Research Center, the Virginia Motorsports Technology Park, the Virginia International Raceway, and the Southern Virginia Vehicle Motion Lab.

In addition, the ability of Danville Community College to supply and train a strong manufacturing workforce was a key consideration. DCC has been working to expand its Precision Machining Technology program and expects to significantly increase its number of graduates with new funding from the Virginia General Assembly.

This win not only exhibits Virginia’s strength in the automotive industry, but also its support of entrepreneurs and growing companies. To learn why Virginia is a great place to start a business, click here.

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