LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) - Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy and senior officials from Yahoo broke ground on an expansion project in Lockport Friday morning.
The $170 million project at Yahoo's current location on Enterprise Drive includes 115 new jobs at the data and customer care center. The new jobs pay on average around $54,000. Yahoo has been hiring for the past few months, but they still have positions to fill. Apply online here.
WNY was chosen, in part, because of its cold climate. A data center creates a lot of heat. In warmer areas of the country, expensive air conditioners are used to cool the data center. In WNY, at least for part of the year, the data center can be cooled for free, saving in power usage by as much as 50 percent and making it one of the most energy efficient data centers in the world.
A deal with the New York Power Authority for low cost hydro-power helped fuel the expansion. The construction is expected to be completed around this time next year.
Yahoo originally built a $150 million data center and opened the facility in September of 2010.
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