The Motorists Insurance Group broke ground Monday on its new 18,000-squre-foot data center in the New Albany business campus' research and information district.

The Motorists Insurance Group broke ground Monday on its new 18,000-squre-foot data center in the New Albany business campus' research and information district.

The target completion date for the data center is late 2010. The facility will serve as the company's primary center for nationwide data operations.

The project is a $14-million investment for the village and is projected to provide the New Albany-Plain Local School District with more than $900,000 over the course of the 15-year economic incentive agreement approved by village council members earlier this summer.

"This is an important day for The Motorists Insurance Group and for our policyholders," said John Bishop, company chairman, president and CEO. "We are very excited about building in New Albany. Their infrastructure and the fact that we are in a secure area with other corporate data centers make New Albany an outstanding location."