Niagara Gazette — Construction on the expansion begins in December and is expected to take about a year to complete. The expansion will also have a second part, which will include the second half of the customer care center and a second pod. Work on the second part will be announced in the future.
The expansion in its entirety will adjoin the current Yahoo data center complex at the corner of IDA Park Drive and Junction Road in the town industrial park. All three buildings will be in the north east corner of the Yahoo property.
The datacenter will use 50 percent less power and 99 percent less water than the typical data facility, Yahoo officials said.
“This is going to allow us to continue to expand Yahoo’s product offering, making our users’ daily habits inspiring and entertaining for our 800 million users worldwide,” said Rich Kropfl, Yahoo’s vice president of data center operations.
Lockport Supervisor Marc R. Smith said Yahoo’s expansion was exciting for everyone in the area. Smith said he spoke recently with a new Yahoo hire, a Lockportian who was excited to start working.
“For me, it’s one of the reasons I got involved in politics, to make a difference,” Smith said.
Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, who attended Friday’s groundbreaking event, noted Yahoo could have gone anywhere, but chose to build and expand in Lockport. The fact it happened was the result of state and local leaders working together, Duffy said.
“They chose to come here because of the teamwork,” he said.
Yahoo’s presence in Lockport could entice other companies to come to Niagara County, Duffy said to reporters after the groundbreaking ceremony.
“I think it gets a lot of people’s attention,” he said.