Iron Mountain opened its new data center in Prince William County on Friday, and company officials said the 165,000-square-foot facility off Wellington Road represents an investment of more than $80 million with more to come.
The company, a global company focused on data storage and information management, will eventually add to its campus with three more buildings for a total investment of more than $350 million, said Iron Mountain President and CEO Bill Meaney.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe said that the Iron Mountain investment was a "great deal for the Commonwealth of Virginia" and welcomed them "to the greatest county in the greatest state in the greatest country on Earth."
Meaney told those gathered at the ribbon cutting ceremony that the company chose Prince William County because there was land available that provided the company ability to install advanced physical security along with the opportunity for expansion.
The county also offered a reduced tax structure and lower power costs compared to other areas in Northern Virginia, Meaney said. "Our ability to build this piece of critical infrastructure for the region was made possible by the strong partnership between local and state government. The economic incentives provided by Prince William County and the Commonwealth of Virginia allow us to offer customers what other providers and locations just can't. That is advanced security, superior performance at a reduced tax structure, and in turn, our business contributes to the local economy and adds to the region's growing IT industry."
"They are a great asset to the county," Brentsville District Supervisor Jeanine Lawson said of the 65-year-old company with five data centers across the country. "They're great for our revenue, but they don't crowd our schools or our roads."
"Prince William County is thrilled to have you here," Lawson told the Iron Mountain officials during the ceremony. "Thank you so much for choosing Prince William County."