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Google Plans $600 Million Expansion At Its Berkeley County, South Carolina Facility

Area Development Online News Desk (01/18/2013)
Google will invest an additional $600 million to expand its operations at the Mt. Holly Commerce Park in Berkeley County, South Carolina.

The additional $600 million investment at the data center site brings Google’s total investment to over $1.2 billion. “South Carolina and the Berkeley County community are great places in which to work and grow,” said Data Center Operations Manager Eric Wages. “When Google first announced plans to come to Berkeley County in 2007, we were attracted to not only the energy infrastructure, developable land and available workforce, but also the extraordinary team from the local community that made us feel welcome. Today’s announcement is just a continuation of our investment in the state. Google is proud to call Berkeley County home.”

Google said it operates some of the world’s most efficient data centers; the company’s facilities consume 50 percent less energy than the typical data center. In 2007, Google made a voluntary commitment to become carbon neutral, and to reach this goal the company strives for efficiency and sustainable business practices. At the Berkeley County site, Google officials said the firm is experimenting with ways to collect storm water and use it to cool the servers inside the data center.

“We celebrate Google’s decision to grow its footprint in Berkeley County with a $600 million investment. When a world-class company like Google decides to expand in the Palmetto State, it shows we are providing the sort of business environment that helps foster success,” said Governor Nikki Haley.

“Google has been a part of South Carolina’s business community for several years now and today’s announcement reaffirms the company’s commitment to our state. Investments like this not only create wealth but also help to sustain the surrounding communities,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

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