server 300x250 Facebook to drop $450 million on new data centerNorth Carolina is about to get a strong taste of Facebook love in the form of a gigantic new data center that the social giant has decided to locate in the state.

The project is expected to cost some $450 million, and eventually employ around 40 people to manage the completed center. According to the state’s press release, the project has been under talks for the last year.

Facebook had this to say on the announcement:

“After a rigorous review of sites across the East Coast, we are pleased to locate our new data center in Rutherford County. The team we will hire here will help us provide faster, more reliable and more robust service to people around the world who rely on Facebook to connect and share.”

North Carolina is enthused about the project, crowing that it demonstrates the “top-ranked business climate” that the state enjoys. Whatever the case, Facebook needs more servers for people to chat on, and North Carolina is where they will be located.

The project could be extended in the future if there are certain “business needs.” We would like to commend the North Carolina governmental writing staff for their joke: “Governor Perdue: Facebook ‘Likes’ North Carolina”