After Duluth, Involta chooses Tucson

While construction of an Involta data center in Duluth is still underway, the fast-growing Iowa-based company is still apparently busting at its seams.

Involta has announced plans to build and operate a state-of-the-art secure data center in Tucson, Ariz.  And it’ll be bigger and more expensive than its Duluth center at Arrowhead and Rice Lake roads that’s headed for completion this fall.

The Tucson center will cost $15 million and be 40,000 square feet, while Duluth’s center costs $10.5 million and is 24,000 square feet. However, a second phase are likely and a $2.3 million satellite center has been established at Sixth Avenue East and Fourth Street.

The Tucson data center will serve business and other customers from the Phoenix and Southern California areas. The Duluth center will serve customers in the Northland and tap into the Twin Cities market.

Like Duluth, government and business development  sectors in Tucson worked together to put together an incentive package to bring Involta to their city.

Involta built its first full-service data center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 2004. It has since built other critical data storage centers in Iowa and Akron, Ohio. Besides Duluth and Tucson, it plans to build a data center in Boise, Idaho, to serve the Rocky Mountain region.