One of Barrow County’s largest corporations announced Monday that it is planning to add a $24.5 million data center to its local operations.
Florida-based Chico’s FAS Inc. will build its “Performance Optimized Data” center in the former Hagemeyer building that the company purchased in 2009 off Barrow Industrial Parkway.
The POD will be constructed from modular, pre-fabricated, reinforced steel containers about the size of a rail freight car, according to a press release from PRNewswire.
The new center will nearly double Chico's current computing capacity while requiring half of the space in a structure that is more secure, can be easily expanded and lessens the risk of weather-related service disruptions, said Kent A. Kleeberger, the company’s executive vice president, chief operating officer and chief financial officer.
"The locating of the new POD center within the Winder facilities further demonstrates our commitment to expanding our Barrow County assets in support of the strategies leading to future global business growth," he added.