Involta Data Center Could Bring Jobs to Duluth

By KBJR News 1

May 31, 2011 Updated May 31, 2011 at 10:25 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Company leaders say Duluth could get high-paying jobs and more connectivity, if one company locates its newest data center in the city.

Company spokespeople and Duluth leaders say the city would benefit.

Involta stores and backs-up data for other businesses and city officials say it would pull business from companies nation-wide.

Plans show a new building along Technology Drive near the new Edison Charter School.

Spokespeople say the city is a good location because the company would benefit from the work force, the city's low chance of natural disasters and cool weather.

Cooler temperatures would help keep computer equipment from overheating.

Duluth leaders say the city would gain up to a dozen jobs, averaging around $70,000 with more jobs to come later.

The data center employees will not grow but because you have a data center here, it's important infrastructure that attracts other IT and telecom jobs as a result of having the data center," said Rob West, president and CEO of APEX.

The Duluth Economic Development Authority and other city leaders have been working closely with Involta to attract the business.

The company is in the final stages of getting approval to build in Duluth.

The deal could be finalized by the end of July.

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