American Airlines, BNSF Railway, Pier 1 Imports, Acme Brick, Alcon, Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Company, RadioShack, Justin Brands, and GE Manufacturing Solutions are among the household names that call Fort Worth home. With more than 30,000 companies, Fort Worth ranks among the top business destinations in the world. In 2013, the Fort Worth-Arlington area ranked 15th on the Forbes list of the Best Places, Business and Careers. The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex ranks among the top five in the nation for its concentration of Fortune 500 company headquarters. The area’s diverse industries, low unemployment, and easy pace attract newcomers looking for career opportunities, as well as corporations looking for new headquarter locations.
Global social media giant and household name, Facebook, joined the mammoth business community of Fort Worth, bringing one of the biggest projects to North Texas with the construction of its five data centers, the first of which went online this past summer. When completed, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram , the $1 billion project will be Facebook’s largest data center to date, covering 150 acres at Texas-170 and Park Vista Boulevard in the AllianceTexas development. It will also feature the latest in Open Compute server, storage, and network designs.
Data centers are a central part of Facebook’s global infrastructure, according to the social media company, allowing users to access its billions of apps and services. And the industry is taking notice. Southern Business & Development named Fort Worth as the best location for data centers in Texas, and the United States Commercial Real Estate Services (CBRE) ranked Dallas-Fort Worth as the second-largest data center market in the United States. To find out more about the data center’s progress, visit facebook.com/FortWorthDataCenter.