Apple selects N.C. for new $1 billion data center
Apple has chosen Maiden, N.C., as the site of its new data center, which will store information for the iPhone and iTunes.
The data center, which is expected to take up 500,000 sq ft, will have approximately 50 full-time employees. Ground breaking is scheduled for August, with the first center employees beginning work toward the end of 2010. The Maiden facility will be the first East coast location for Apple, which is based in Cupertino, Calif.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey