We Can’t Wait

Monday, February 22, 2016

By Site Selection Magazine

Google’s Christmas present to Tennessee came on December 22nd, when it announced a $600-million data center at the former Hemlock Semiconductor site in Clarksville. The search engine giant’s eighth US data center will create about 70 jobs.

Why the Clarksville location?

“This site comes with the benefits of existing infrastructure, which we plan to reuse and recycle — for example, many of the office buildings will be used for Googlers when the data center is operational,” said Google Vice President for Data Center Operations Joe Kava. “At the same time, we have room to innovate and grow both as a data center and as a member of the Montgomery County community. We’re excited about the opportunity to experiment with new kinds of technology and design an impressive facility — we can’t wait!”

The roughly 1,300-acre (526-hectare) site will be powered 100 percent by renewable energy thanks to an arrangement with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Through the agreement, Google will be able to scout new renewable energy projects and work with TVA to bring the power onto the electrical grid.

Two weeks previously, on Dec. 7th, Under Armour opened its new, 1-million-sq.-ft. (92,900-sq.-m.) distribution and warehouse facility in Mount Juliet, near Nashville. With the establishment of the Nashville Distribution House, Under Armour will invest over $100 million and will create 1,500 new jobs in the area over the next five years. It’s the performance apparel manufacturer’s third US distribution facility.

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