Cabinet for Economic Development
Governor Beshear, Eaton Corporation Celebrate Opening of State-of-the-Art Data Centers in
Company makes significant investment in two IT centers, achieves LEED Gold Certification
SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. (June 23, 2011) – Governor Steve Beshear today joined community leaders and officials from Eaton Corporation in Simpsonville to celebrate the opening of the industrial manufacturer’s two new data centers, which are located in Louisville and Simpsonville, Ky. The new state-of-the-art facilities will support critical business applications for the company’s global locations.
“This is an exciting day for both Simpsonville and Louisville with the opening of these new, high-tech, energy-efficient facilities,” said Gov. Beshear. “The Commonwealth is delighted to have played a role in making these developments possible, and I look forward to continuing our relationship with Eaton Corporation for many years to come.”
Eaton’s 102,000-square-foot data centers showcase the company’s energy efficient power distribution, power quality, power management and airflow management solutions. The Simpsonville facility has received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification, as rated by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Louisville site is expected to be certified later this summer, because the two facilities are identical.
“As a power management company, finding innovative ways to enable our customers to reduce their energy costs and to use power efficiently, effectively, and safely is central to Eaton’s mission,” said Alexander M. Cutler, Eaton chairman and chief executive officer. “Our new data centers are energy efficient by design, deploy Eaton’s most sophisticated power management technologies, and will support our company’s growing data processing needs while conserving energy and water.”
The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority approved Eaton Corporation for tax benefits through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act. The incentive program allows approved companies to recoup Kentucky sales and use tax on construction costs, building fixtures, equipment used in research and development, and electronic processing equipment.
“This new investment into our community is crucial to helping our region grow with the dynamic economy of the 21st century,” said Sen. Paul Hornback, of Shelbyville. “We must do what we can to welcome more investment to our area and improve the quality of life of Kentuckians for years to come.”
“It is encouraging and exciting to see Eaton make this major investment in Simpsonville,” said Rep. Brad Montell, of Shelbyville. “The opening of this facility not only ensures that Eaton will continue as a global leader, but it also provides the assurance of quality jobs in our community.”
“We are pleased and excited about having the Eaton Corporation, a Fortune 250 company, locate in the city of Simpsonville,” said Simpsonville Mayor Steve Eden. “We have quickly established a great working relationship with Eaton, and they have already proven to be a great asset to our city.”
“It has been an honor and a pleasure working with the various members of Eaton Corporation in their endeavors selecting and constructing a data facility in Shelby County,” said Shelbyville Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger. “The Shelby County Fiscal Court wishes to thank Eaton Corporation and welcome them to our community.”
“Eaton will bring high-skilled employment to our area,” said Sen. Julie Denton, of Louisville. “I am proud that Louisville and the surrounding area offer an accomplished workforce and high quality of life.”
“Today’s announcement is wonderful news for all of Jefferson County,” said Rep. Ron Crimm, of Louisville. “Eaton Corporation’s investment in our community means growth for the region and jobs for our citizens.”
“This is a dual win for Kentucky because it creates investment and jobs in both Louisville and Simpsonville,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.
Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2010 sales of $13.7 billion. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011, Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 70,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.
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