14 years ago today, Google announced that it would establish a $600 million data center, or "server farm," on 800 acres the company purchased at Pryor's Mid-America Industrial Park.
It was originally scheduled to come online in the summer of 2008 and employ 100 people (with another 100 employed after a second building was added later). However, the project went on hold in 2008 before resuming work in October 2010.
The facility opened in 2011 and has been expending since, with a total investment of about $3 billion.
The data center essentially is a massive cluster of computers that serve Google’s growing array of online services.
In 2019, Google announced that it would invest more than $13 billion in its data centers and offices across the nation. The availability of water and power from the Grand River Dam Authority was a big draw for Google, and CEO Dan Sullivan said that the site’s expansion will allow GRDA to move toward renewable energy in a bigger way at a lower cost to residents.