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TWC to hire 225 new employees, build new data center in Charlotte

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 8:30am
Mike Robuck

Over the next several years, Time Warner Cable is building a new national data center and adding 225 new jobs as it revamps its Charlotte Corporate Campus to the tune of more than $101 million.

"Time Warner Cable is proud to be expanding our corporate presence in North Carolina and bringing these new jobs to Charlotte," says Carol Hevey, executive vice president of operations for Time Warner Cable's East Region. "With the addition of these positions, Time Warner Cable will employ nearly 2,800 people in the Charlotte area and more than 6,400 employees across North Carolina."

The two-story, 178,000-square-foot national data center, which will be one of just two nationwide for Time Warner Cable, will include 1,600 racks of equipment and a 12,000-foot floating floor to offer maximum cooling efficiency. 

Time Warner Cable said the building, which is slated to be finished by the end of the year, would feature a virtual cloud environment, allowing for quicker deployment of the company's core products of video, data, voice and commercial services by having storage and network elements in a shared environment.

The data center also reflects Time Warner Cable's commitment to migrating to Internet Protocol technology.  The nation's second-largest cable operator said the latest IP technology would be housed in the building in order to give Time Warner Cable the flexibility to deliver any content to any device, anywhere at any time. 

The building was also strategically designed to double in equipment size to accommodate future growth. 

"The National Data Center allows Time Warner Cable to focus on delivering services for customers with greater effectiveness and reliability and with less cost and environmental impact," said Jim Ludington, executive vice president of national network operations and engineering, Time Warner Cable.  "Opening a data center in Charlotte underscores our commitment to provide the best mix of technology necessary to service our customers."

Time Warner Cable is also building a four-story, 103,500-square-foot building, with an estimated completion date of 2013, as part of the project.

Under a grant agreement with the state of North Carolina, the 225 new employees will all be hired by 2014 and include accounting, finance, engineering, IT and human resources professionals.  

According to a story on News & Observer, Time Warner Cable is receiving nearly $3 million in incentives from the state as long as it meets its hiring and investment goals. The city of Charlotte is also kicking in $2 million in incentives.

The state grant requires that Time Warner Cable retain 1,113 jobs in Charlotte, which includes its existing workforce and jobs that it was required to add under two previous grants.

According to the News & Observer, the new jobs will pay an average annual salary of $61,044 while Mecklenburg county's average salary is $51,584.

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