40 NEW JOBS COMING TO WISE COUNTY
DP Facilities Inc. Will Make $65 Million Capital Investment in Data Center
Richmond, VA – DP Facilities Inc. announced today that they will construct a Mission Critical Tier III Data Center in Wise County. The project will result in $65 million in capital investment and is expected to create 40 jobs over the next three years. The secure facility will be constructed on 22 acres at the Lonesome Pine Regional Business and Technology Park. The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission approved a $350,000 Tobacco Region Opportunity Fund grant for the project. Additionally, the Commission has approved $175,000 in grant funds for site development at Lonesome Pine since 2001.
Tobacco Commission Chairman, Delegate Terry Kilgore said, “We are happy to assist Wise County and DP Facilities Inc. with Tobacco Commission funds to create these jobs in Wise County. Any day that you create jobs is a great day.”
Tobacco Commission member, Senator Ben Chafin added, “DP Facilities Inc. is an important addition to the Lonesome Pine Regional Business and Technology Park and I am proud of the work our local and state officials were able to accomplish to assist DP Facilities Inc. with this project. These new jobs for Wise County are a vital step to rebuilding our regional economy.”
The facility, known as Mineral Gap, is a Tier III Uptime Institute certified Data Center. The facility is recognized for the highest standards in design, construction and operational sustainability, and features multiple redundant systems. The site at Lonesome Pine was chosen, in part, for its security and stability which will allow the data center to remain operational under extreme conditions.
President of DP Facilities Inc., Mark Gerard said, “Mineral Gap will provide continuous operational continuity with experts available around the clock and cutting edge technologies.”
Chairperson of the Wise County Board of Supervisors, Dana Kilgore said, “This project offers tremendous opportunities for additional development and we hope other high-technology companies will recognize, as DP Facilities Inc. did, that Wise County is committed to transforming the region into a secure technology corridor. Abundant broadband fiber, redundant electrical power, and collaboration with the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and Mountain Empire Community College make Wise County an ideal location for any number of strategic partnerships in technology.”
The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission is committed to developing a diverse economy in Southern and Southwest Virginia by attracting jobs and investment to the region. High quality tech jobs, like those at Mineral Gap, are integral to the revitalization of the region and will continue to position Southern and Southwest Virginia as top choices for technology companies looking to relocate or expand.
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