Facebook has selected Forest City in Rutherford County west of Charlotte for a new data center.

The social media network will invest some $450 million in the project, according to Gov. Bev Perdue.

Between 35 and 45 jobs will be created, included contractors.

“After a rigorous review of sites across the East Coast, we are pleased to locate our new data center in Rutherford County,” said Tom Furlong, Director of Site Operations for Facebook.

North Carolina already is home to a major data center operated by Google in Lenoir, and Apple is building a similar center. IBM also built a major data center in the Research Triangle for its “cloud” computing service.

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