DATA CENTER DEVELOPMENT THRIVES IN NEW JERSEY
New Facility in Clifton Attracts Additional Data Users, Boosts Capabilities for Business
Caren S. Franzini, chief executive officer of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, said New Jersey’s central location, unmatched pool of talent, highly reliable utility provider and state-of-the-art infrastructure, make the state an ideal destination for data users in a variety of industries.
“Data center development leads to hundreds of construction jobs and high-quality, full-time employment for New Jersey residents,” Franzini said. “Today’s celebration of the now fully leased 100 Delawanna Avenue is great news for New Jersey, particularly during these tough economic times.”
The building’s tenants include Telx, one of the largest and most highly regarded data center operators in the country; Automated Logic Corporation, a division of manufacturing company United Technologies Corp., one of the leading automation firms in green energy efficient design for HVAC and building controls, and EK Success, an affiliate of Wilton Products, a craftswear designer and manufacturer. Telx plans to build out its space at the facility and anticipates the creation of a host of construction jobs. Automated Logic and EK Success expect to relocate approximately 100 employees each to the Center.
“New Jersey is a critical market for connectivity and data center services and we’re pleased to have worked with the state’s largest public utility to develop high quality space to attract additional companies and jobs to the state,” said President of Mountain Development Corp. Michael A. Seeve.
New Jersey currently boasts 6 million square feet of data services and co-location space, with an investment of approximately $1,000 per square-foot to build. According to Tier 1’s 2007 Internet Datacenter Supply report, Northern New Jersey ranks as the 9th largest market for co-location and data center services in the United States. A 2008 State New Economy Index published by the Kaufman Foundation ranked New Jersey first in broadband telecommunications and a 2008 Leichtman Research report ranked the state first in the country in broadband penetration.
In addition to 100 Delawanna Avenue, other significant data facilities built in New Jersey during the last year include: Goldman Sachs, which has expanded an existing facility and constructed a new 300,000-square-foot data center in Bridgewater; Morgan Stanley, which broke ground in November on a 250,000-square-foot facility in Franklin; Digital Realty Trust, currently outfitting a 365,000-square-foot center in Piscataway and which recently closed on a 200,000-square-foot building in Franklin, to add to their existing 500,000 square feet of data center space in New Jersey; Barkley’s, which acquired two recently completed Lehman Brothers data centers for a total of approximately 600,000 square feet, and Switch & Data, which opened the first phase of its largest data center site to date – 163,000 square feet at full completion – in North Bergen at the end of October.
To learn about opportunities for business growth throughout New Jersey, visit the state’s business portal at www.NewJerseyBusiness.gov.