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Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO) today announced plans to build new data and customer care centers in Lockport, New York later this year. Yahoo!’s expansion in Western New York will provide additional capacity and world-class customer care service, ensuring that Yahoo! users have fast product experiences and access to helpful customer support. Yahoo! intends to create 115 new jobs across engineering, technology, and customer care fields. The planned expansion builds upon Yahoo!’s existing Lockport data center facility, which opened in 2010 and is recognized as an exemplary energy-efficient design.
“We are happy to be a part of the Western New York community and are excited about our expansion plans. We are appreciative of our close partnerships with local municipalities and are grateful to our outstanding workforce in Lockport,” said David Dibble, executive vice president of central technology for Yahoo!. “Yahoo! is committed to being an environmentally responsible company, and we thank New York state and local authorities for working with us to ensure we continue to power our data center with clean energy.”
“I thank Yahoo! for its continued commitment to Western New York,” said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. “Low-cost hydropower is one of the most effective economic development tools that we have to create jobs in Western New York and this allocation demonstrates my administration’s steadfast efforts to ensure the strategic and effective use of this valuable resource to expand the Buffalo-Niagara region’s workforce.”
“Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, the Power Authority has aggressively worked to create jobs in Western New York by allocating low-cost hydropower to encourage new businesses,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and chief executive officer. “The Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant is a cornerstone of the region’s economy, which is perfectly demonstrated by this power allocation to Yahoo!.”
Yahoo!’s new data center will utilize the company’s Yahoo! Compute Coop (YCC) architecture. The YCC is a world-class, energy-efficient data center design that uses significantly less energy and water than conventional data centers. The unique shape of the building and the use of outside air-cooling for approximately ninety-eight percent of the year eliminates the need for expensive and energy-intensive chillers to keep the servers cool.