Bull Run Observer: Iron Mt. data center invests $80 million, says more to come

From Staff Reports:

Iron Mountain opened its new data center a short distance off Wellington Road and Sudley Manor Drive last Friday, Sept. 15, 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.

Although the site location is in Prince William County, it is not far from the City of Manassas which is likely to receive a positive impact from the new facility as well.

A global company whose specialties are data storage and information management, the firm plans to eventually add to its campus with three more buildings for a total investment of more than $350 million, said Bill Meaney, Iron Mountain President and CEO.

Governor Terry McAuliffe called the Iron Mountain investment a “great deal for the Commonwealth of Virginia” and welcomed Iron Mountain “to the greatest county in the greatest state in the greatest country on Earth.”

Meaney told those at the ribbon cutting ceremony that the company chose Prince William County because of the land available that gave the company the ability to install advanced physical security and expansion possibilities.  Iron Mountain was 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.”