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Tech firm AMD to build center in Gwinnett

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

SUWANEE — Intel rival Advanced Micro Devices is moving into Gwinnett County, with plans to build a modular data center near Suwanee over the next year.

AMD is a technology firm based in Sunnyvale, Calif., that develops computer processors and related technologies for commercial and consumer markets. The data center on Satellite Boulevard will serve the company’s North American operations.

The company plans to invest $25 million to $30 million in the initial construction of the data center, said Pushpita Prasad, a spokeswoman for AMD.

“AMD is a household name in the technology industry, and their choice to locate and expand here brings significant credibility to the community for being a pro-business environment,” said Nicole Wright, technology business development manager at the Gwinnett Chamber. “We are glad they are here and look forward to working with them in the future.”

Prasad said the company chose to locate in Gwinnett after a two-year process of reviewing multiple sites. Among the reasons for the decision were Gwinnett’s proximity to Atlanta, availability of a strong work force and educational opportunities, attractive tax incentives and reasonably priced power.

Partnership Gwinnett, working in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Economic

Development, Gwinnett County and Jackson Electric Membership Corporation, recruited the company to Gwinnett.

Shirley Lasseter, vice chair of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners, said the move is a “great win” for the county and AMD.

“High capital investment projects like data centers bring better balance to Gwinnett’s tax base, reducing the burden on our 800,000-plus residents.” she said.

This is the second multi-million dollar deal for Gwinnett County in 2011, preceded by FedEx Ground’s location to Norcross in February.