Meta Platforms plans to open an $800 million data center in Montgomery that will bring 100 jobs.

Meta’s new 715,000-square-foot, data center will be built off Interstate 65, across from the Hyundai automotive assembly plant. It will join the company’s other Alabama data center campus, located in Huntsville.

“Each day, millions of people around the world use Meta’s products, and the next-generation Alabama data center in Montgomery will soon help keep the company’s popular platforms running smoothly,” Gov. Kay Ivey said in a statement. “Meta is putting down roots in another great location in Sweet Home Alabama, and we’re committed to helping the company grow and prosper here.”

Meta used to be known as Facebook until CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg announced the company was rebranding in 2021. California-based Meta operates Facebook, Instagram, Threads and WhatsApp, among other products and services.

The Montgomery site that will house the Meta data center is already being cleared for construction to begin. More than 1,000 construction workers are expected to be onsite at the peak of construction, according to Meta.

The facility is expected to go online at the end of 2026.

Montgomery area officials applauded Meta’s investment project and predicted it would have a massive long-term economic impact on the region.

“Meta’s decision to expand into Montgomery with a state-of-the-art data center showcases how our region is diversifying into a knowledge-based economy and highlights the competitiveness of Montgomery and our economic development team,” Mayor Steven Reed said. “This initiative marks a pivotal moment for Central Alabama and serves as a catalyst for our entire region’s pursuit of knowledge-based employment opportunities.”

Montgomery County commissioner Doug Singleton said, “This project will have an enormous impact on Montgomery, and I am honored to welcome Meta to our community.”

“This project is truly a victory for Montgomery as we experience continued economic growth year after year. This investment of $840 million speaks volumes to the commitment that Meta is making to the people of Montgomery,” he added. 

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