Google Coming to Central Ohio

Posted by / February 26, 2019 / Categories: News / Tags: , , , , / 0 Comments

The world’s largest search engine is coming to Central Ohio, which should create about 100 of jobs for members of Sheet Metal Workers Local 24.

While the project is still in the design stages, the $600 million data center is expected to be smaller than the $750 million Facebook datacenter. Both datacenters will be built in New Albany.

In a Feb. 13 blog, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the company’s expansion into 14 states across the U.S., including Ohio.

“Today we’re announcing over $13 billion in investments throughout 2019 in data centers and offices across the U.S., with major expansions in 14 states,” Pichai wrote. “These new investments will give us the capacity to hire tens of thousands of employees, and enable the creation of more than 10,000 new construction jobs in Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Virginia.”

While no Project Labor Agreement has been signed, union contractors are expected to get the work due to the size and scope of the project.

The region’s top sheet metal workers will be needed to help construct this project, which will house servers and other equipment needed to keep all of Google services and platforms running.

To keep these powerful machines from overheating, the building will require a lot of cooling. Faulty construction of the cooling system could rest in servers going bad, costing Google hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Members of Local 24 are the area’s top sheet metal workforce, equipped and trained to perform the high quality sheet metal work required to ensure Google’s Central Ohio data center will remain cool and up and running.

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