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Microsoft's West Valley data centers to open in 2021

Posted at 7:18 AM, Jul 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-31 10:18:02-04

GOODYEAR, AZ — Three “state-of-the art” data centers that Microsoft Corp. is constructing in Goodyear and El Mirage will employ a total of 110 people in their first phases, which are planned to open around 2021.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, along with the mayors from Goodyear and El Mirage and representatives from Microsoft and First Solar Inc. presented plans for Microsoft’s West Valley data centers at a press conference Tuesday morning at the tech giant's Tempe offices.

Brian Janous, general manager of energy at Microsoft, said the process to choose sites for the new data centers took years, and the company chose Goodyear and El Mirage for the availability of labor and energy supplies, as well as the cost of land.

The 110 jobs will be spread across the three new facilities, which Janous said is a normal workforce size for facilities on that scale.

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