Facebook to build data center in Sarpy County

Facebook announced today that it will be bringing a data center to Papillion, Nebraska. "We are excited to welcome Facebook to the Good Life!"

Sarpy County is an "economic engine" for Nebraska, Black said.

Company officials anticipate region-wide ongoing economic benefits throughout the company's building project in Papillion.

Facebook said it expects to hire more than 1,000 construction workers to build the facility. In addition, construction of new wind farms in Nebraska will allow the company to power the facility exclusively through wind-generated electricity. "By marketing these assets to recruit companies, we can continue to prove that Nebraska is a prime location to grow the world's growing data center industry".

The county already has data centers for Yahoo, Fidelity Investments, Travelers Insurance and Cabela's.

Facebook's Furlong said that the data center campus has been in the works for years, while Governor Ricketts added that it will create hundreds of (temporary) jobs.

Hailey Konnath of the Omaha World-Herald attended a press conference at Papillion City Hall to announce the project, and she reported that Facebook's data center will occupy 146 acres north of Capehart Road at Nebraska Highway 50 in Sarpy County, adding that the facility will feature four buildings east and west of the highway with a total of 970,000 square feet.

It will be Facebook's ninth data center overall and the sixth in the United States, providing infrastructure to support the 1.86 billion people on Facebook each month.

Tom Furlong, Vice President of Infrastructure at Facebook, said in an announcement, "When considering a new location for a data center, we not only look for clean and renewable energy solutions, but great partnerships within the local community, a strong pool of local talent for both construction and long-term operations staff, and excellent access to fiber and a robust electric grid".

  • Arturo Norris