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Presented by: Dallas Business Journal

One of Dallas-Fort Worth’s largest data centers to open its doors to data-crunching tenants after an extensive redevelopment of a former semiconductor plant.

Overland Park, Kansas-based QTS (Quality Technology Services) plans to officially open the 700,000-square-foot facility in Irving at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15.

The North Texas market was one of the strategic locations in the United States targeted for development after the company (NYSE: QTS) recently went public.

“In the last two years, we started to go beyond opportunistic expansion and be more strategic,” Eric Jacobs, executive vice president of the West with QTS, told the Dallas Business Journal in a July interview. “Dallas was one of those markets we strategically wanted to be in.”

Last year, QTS bought a former semiconductor plant that sits on a 40-acre campus in Irving. In a major overhaul of the 7-year-old vacant plant, QTS hauled 4.5 million tons of recyclable materials from the site, including stainless steel, turning the giant facility into a data hot spot.

The campus has the ability to expand to 1.4 million square feet of data center space. Upon its completion, the data center will be one of three “mega” data centers QTS owns throughout the United States.

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