It's Official: Yahoo Building in Lockport, NY

Yahoo and state officials today confirmed the worst-kept secret in Western New York: that the company will build a $150 million data center on a 30-acre property in Lockport, New York. The Yahoo site was officially confirmed at a news conference this afternoon, and will create 125 local jobs paying $65,000 to $75,000 a year once its two-phase construction plan is completed.

Yahoo filed site plans in Lockport earlier this month. Construction on the 181,000 square foot, six-structure complex is scheduled to begin in August and be completed by May 2010. Yahoo executive David Dibble said the facility will feature a “brand new design and engineering approach” focused on energy efficiency. The first phase will receive 10 megawatts of hydro-electric power from the New York Power Authority, which will also provision 15 megwawatts for the second phase of construction.

Yahoois paying $450,000 to buy 30 acres of land from the Lockport Industrial Development Agency for the data center. 

“The greater Buffalo area possess all of the resources required to run a world-class data center that uses leading edge technology to drive new milestones in energy efficiency,” said Dibble, Yahoo’s Executive Vice President, Service Engineering & Operations. “Everyone we have worked with – from Governor Paterson and Senator Schumer, to the New York Power Authority, Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, the Town of Lockport, and Empire State Development – has been supportive in understanding Yahoo!’s needs and in moving this project forward.”

“Yahoo!’s decision to locate a data center in Niagara County solidifies New York’s position as a leader in the New Economy,” said New York Gov. David Paterson. “This investment will create new job opportunities, help to develop the local economy and also attract other tech industries to the area. We are pleased to welcome Yahoo! to New York.”

‘Big Win’ for NY State
“Today we have scored a big win for Western New York,” said U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer. “The 125 jobs are important, but if this works as planned, Yahoo! will be a lighthouse in Western New York, saying to high tech companies ‘come, we have a lot to offer.'”

Lockport is offering a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) incentive that would include a 20-year tax break that would have Yahoo pay no property taxes for the first 10 years, then pay 20 percent more every two years after that. The deal would also include a sales tax exemption on all equipment purchases, an incentive which has been adopted by a number of states hoping to lure data centers.

Importance of Energy
Yahoo’s data center site location has been guided by energy efficiency concerns, including the need to hydro-electricity to power the facility and fresh air to cool it. The region’s clean, green power was noted as an asset.  

“Western New York’s access to hydropower makes this announcement possible and this region’s future hinges on our ability to see much greater benefits from this unique resource moving forward,” said Congressman Brian Higgins. “Our lake, that feeds our river, that drives the Niagara power plant, holds great potential to replicate economic development and job success stories like this in Western New York again and again, but to do this we must be given the opportunity to reclaim what is naturally ours.”


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About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. It's great to see another site utilizing outside air economizer. Is it for 100% of the load during the cooler months? Is the data center running at a higher air temperature to maximize the number of hours of free cooling?

  2. Expected completion date of May 2010? Is that a typo?

  3. Kevin Allen

    i live in lockport new york and im going to appy for a job at this yahoo data center hopefully i can get in, I will be 18 by the time the construction is done so its a good looking option for me. :)

  4. Can you tell me when the data center will be opening and where I can apply?

  5. Patrick Worley

    I am a stationary engineer at the HSBC Data center in Amherst, NY.I have worked in the Data Center enviroment for over 25 years. I am very interested in working at the new Yahoo Data Center and being part of a green Data Center. Are they taken applications or is there a place I can send my Resume. I can be contacted by Email. Sincerely, Patrick Worley

  6. Lorraine Smith

    I am interested in applying for a job there since I live in Lockport it would be great I wouldn't have far to go. Where I work now I do clerical work also process checks for banking dept. and many other jobs. When will you be accepting resumes and giving interviews. Thank you! Lorraine Smith

  7. Thomas Mogavero

    I am interested in applying for a job at the new data center in lockport. I am working for Tech support as CSR in a call center now for comcast please send me all info as to where to send resumes. Thank you Thomas Mogavero

  8. Justin Bedford

    I would like to find out more information about job openings as well. Thank you.

  9. Can you please let me know when you are hiring. My husband is out of job and this would be a great opportunity for him.

  10. Jeff Aonso

    How can I apply. I love Lockport

  11. joshua meadows

    i would love a job with the yahoo industry. if you can send me as much info as possible it would be highly appreciated!I I am very computer literate and catch on vey fast, if you show me once I will get it the 2nd time...

  12. joshua meadows

    I'm very sorry but I forgot to add that I also live in Lockport, NY

  13. Dave F

    I should tell all of you that only the best of the best in the industry are going to be hired at this new facility. This is a DATA CENTER, which means very few "peripheral" or "support/administrative" jobs will be available there. You basically have to have significant experience, relative to data center technician, network engineer, and the like. 5-10+ years. The 18 year old young man that is hoping to get work here, you're going to need a degree related to the industry, and a lot of experience. Do you have either at 18? Just being realistic here folks, as I worked at Sun MIcrosystem's Denver, CO headquarters where their data center was located.