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Facebook opens data center in Los Lunas

Associated Press, Brittany Costello
February 07, 2019 05:09 PM

LOS LUNAS, N.M.- The Facebook data center has opened its doors in Los Lunas.

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A grand opening was held Thursday morning.

The data center includes six buildings for data storage. Each are roughly the size of four football fields with "data halls" storing rows of towering servers.

Facebook on Thursday marked the opening of two of those halls in one of the data center's buildings. 

Construction that began more than two years ago at the site remains underway.

Once finished, the data center is expected to employ at least 150 people.

"We are committed to playing a very positive role and impact in the community we are in," said Rachel Peterson, vice president of data center strategy. 

Facebook received incentives to build the facility in Los Lunas. With an agreement to invest, the deal includes $10 million in economic development funding and more than $1 million in gross receipts tax reimbursements.

"We've seen a lot of retail expansion," Ralph I. Mims, Village of Los Lunas economic development manager. "We've seen hotels that are looking at our community. We see residential development"

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