Last year on our tech blog, I posted about Google’s new $600 million data center in Lenoir, NC. The new datacenter supposed to bring about 200 jobs to an area of North Carolina that has traditionally relied on the furniture and textile industries to employ its residents. Here is an update on the progress.
The data center is located about a mile away from downtown Lenoir and currently, there are around 500 workers building the complex. This is great news for Lenoir because these workers are eating at local restaurants, shopping in local stores and staying in local hotels and all of that is a big boost to Lenoir’s economy, which has been impacted by slowdowns and layoffs by the area’s furniture industry employers.
As far as what Google is looking in the way of employees, they want a wide range of workers from entry-level technology assistants which will keep the hardware running 24/7/365 to Linux administrators and programmers to experienced data center managers. Google has very extensive list posted in the jobs section of their site. So if you live near Caldwell or Catawba County NC or if you would not mind relocating to the foothills of North Carolina, you should definitely check it out. My wife and I used to live in Statesville, which is about 30 minutes away from Lenoir, and I can honestly say that it is a great area in which to live.
Google has setup an email address whereby people can send suggestions on how they can make their Lenoir data center an even better impact on the community. Send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.