Latest Update-Yahoo! Celebrates Grand Opening in WNY

September 20, 2010 Updated Sep 20, 2010 at 10:02 PM EDT

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September 20, 2010 Updated Sep 20, 2010 at 10:02 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Internet giant Yahoo! will cut the ribbon on a new data center facility in Lockport Monday.

Governor David Paterson and U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, along with Yahoo! Chief Executive Carol Bartz are all expected to be in town for the grand opening of the Lockport data center.

Yahoo! says the new data center will create at least 125 new jobs in the state.

The $150 million facility will utilized local hydro-power, and the area's cooler temperatures are also a plus. Yahoo! expects it will cost around 10 percent less to cool their new facility here than it would if they'd built it in other locations they'd considered.

Governor Paterson Announces Yahoo! Data Center Now Open in Western New York

Governor David A. Paterson today announced that Yahoo! Inc., the world's largest global online network of integrated internet services, has completed the first phase of a multi-phased investment project in Western New York. The company finished construction and opened a new $150 million data center facility, creating 125 new well-paying high-tech jobs in New York. This new data center will host consumer services, advertisements and content found on Yahoo!

"As a world class online media company, I would like to welcome Yahoo! to New York State," Governor Paterson said. "Having an international company of Yahoo!'s caliber establish a presence in Lockport opens the door to enormous possibility in locating other high-tech companies to Western New York. I am excited to see that Yahoo! is well underway with their investment in New York State and look forward to seeing the many opportunities this will bring to Niagara County and the broader Western New York community."

David Dibble, Executive Vice President of Service Engineering and Operations, Yahoo! Inc., said: "New York State and the greater Buffalo area possess all the resources required to run a world-class data center, including a cool climate, clean energy and a qualified work force. We are grateful for the incredible level of support we have received from local and State government, the New York Power Authority, Lockport residents, and local businesses that all helped to make this project a success."

Phase I, which was just completed, focused on the construction of four buildings, including an administrative building and three data wings where the company's servers are stored. Construction for this phase began in May 2009 and was completed in September 2010.

In order to locate operations in Lockport, Yahoo! received various incentives including fifteen megawatts (MW) of low-cost hydropower from the New York Power Authority (NYPA) for Phase I. The company also secured a "Green IT" U.S. Department of Energy grant for leadership in energy efficient design. Finally, the Town of Lockport Industrial Development Agency put together a package of local incentives for the company, including a payment in lieu of taxes agreement (PILOT).

New York Power Authority President and CEO Richard M. Kessel said: "Yahoo!'s presence in Western New York underscores the region's ability to attract a world leader in high technology using its best resource - low-cost hydropower. Under Governor Paterson's leadership, we have aggressively pursued economic development opportunities that have resulted in multi-million dollar private investments and job creation and have spurred momentum to attract other new economy companies to the region and State."

Empire State Development (ESD) Chairman and CEO Dennis M. Mullen said: "Yahoo!'s investment is a significant opportunity for Western New York to grow beyond existing industries, such as back office services and manufacturing, opening the door for future high-tech investments. With Albany a leader in nanotechnology and with the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus leading innovation in biotechnology, it is only appropriate that upstate continues to carve out its niche in the world of high technology innovation. ESD was pleased to have assisted the company in locating to Lockport and we look forward to continuing a strong partnership for many years to come."

Founded in 1994 by Stanford Ph.D. students David Filo and Jerry Yang, Yahoo! began as a hobby and has evolved into a leading global brand that changed the way people communicate with each other, conduct transactions and access, share and create information. Yahoo! Inc. attracts hundreds of millions of users every month through its technology and engaging content and services, making it one of the most trafficked Internet destinations and a world-class online media company. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, the company has a presence in more than 25 countries, provinces and territories and offers services available in more than 30 languages.

The following statements were provided in support of the YAHOO! Data center in Western New York:

Senator Charles E. Schumer said: "At a time of sky-high unemployment, 125 new, high-tech, high-paying jobs is just what the doctor ordered. Yahoo! will be a beacon for other high tech firms highlighting the advantages of Western New York: low-cost, clean energy, a business-friendly environment with partnership from New York State and a world class workforce. This is the result we've been working towards for all these months, and it's great news for everyone involved in the decision and for those looking for work in Western New York. Yahoo! has made the right choice – as they know the workforce in Western New York is committed, hard working and well educated."

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said: "Even in the face of a difficult economy, the people of Western New York are attracting new businesses and creating new, good-paying jobs. Clearly Yahoo! recognized that the well-trained work force, affordable housing, short commutes, and first class arts, sports, and cultural institutions make this region and all of upstate New York an ideal place to invest in new business opportunities. I look forward to working with Yahoo as they move forward with this investment."

Congressman Chris Lee said: "I'd like to welcome Yahoo! to Western New York, home of some of the hardest working men and women in the country. I know Western New Yorkers will be an asset to Yahoo! as it begins its operations in Western New York, and I look forward to seeing Yahoo! grow in our community and create good jobs."

Senator George Maziarz said: "I want to thank all the Yahoo executives who took a chance on Western New York. We have many assets in our region that position us well for growth but perhaps none is more important, particularly to the good people at Yahoo, than the availability of low cost, locally-produced hydropower. Everyone in Niagara County is pleased to see this exciting project come to fruition."

Senator William T. Stachowski said: "I am very pleased with the rapid progress Yahoo! Inc. has made in moving the first phase of this $171 million project along. Job creation is our number one priority and key to the economic health of Western New York. This endeavor will create many new high tech and high paying jobs for our residents and bring important economic growth to our area. I look forward to the completion of the entire project."

Assemblywoman Jane Corwin said: "Today's opening of the Yahoo! data center in Lockport signifies the successful collaboration of planning and hard work between Western New York's local, State, and federal officials, and a multi-billion dollar corporation. I am proud to join all of my colleagues in government as well as officials from Yahoo!, as we unveil the new data center, and demonstrate that our local economy, supplemented with such a reputable workforce, has what it takes to attract a premier corporation like Yahoo!"

Assemblyman Robin Schimminger said: "The opening of the state-of-the-art Niagara County YAHOO! facility is a huge win for the Western New York community. The completion of this project is a wonderful example of how State incentives can be utilized to not only bring green-technology to our area, but also create 100 immediate jobs with the potential to generate even more. I am thrilled that YAHOO! chose Western New York for its latest expansion."