A data-center company expanding to New Albany is expected to bring as many as 20 employees to the city over the next five years in a facility previously owned by Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co.

Stack Infrastructure on Oct. 16 announced via a press release that it was expanding to New Albany, acquiring a campus with a purpose-built, Tier III data center and a site offering 17 acres for future data-center development.

Local officials and Stack sources have declined to confirm the location, but ThisWeek has determined it as 7300 Souder Road via public records on the Franklin County recorder's and auditor’s websites. The address is north of New Albany Road East and between New Albany-Condit and Dean Farm roads.

The auditor’s website listed an Oct. 16 purchase of the property by SI NAL01 LLC for $9.7 million; the previous owner was listed as Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co.

SI NAL01 LLC is registered to Stack Infrastructure USA LLC, according to the Ohio Secretary of State’s website, and the 7300 Souder Road site has been associated with a Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. data center for about a decade, according to previous ThisWeek stories.

Stack CEO Brian Cox wouldn’t confirm the location, but he gave multiple reasons for expanding to New Albany.

“The central Ohio region has been instrumental in the network growth of the overall cloud and cloud environment,” he said.

The “cloud” refers to online storage of data or such items as documents or photos rather than the local storage on a person’s computer or smartphone.

Centrally located between Ashburn, Virginia, (another city in which data centers have multiplied), Chicago and New York, New Albany is a technological hub for internet growth and already has attracted leading firms, such as Amazon and Facebook, Cox said.

The Amazon and Facebook data-center complexes are in the eastern portion of the New Albany International Business Park.

The New Albany location offers land typically free of natural disasters or earthquakes, with excellent availability of electricity, as well as great talent coming out of such educational institutions as Ohio State University, Cox said.

“Central Ohio has everything in the world going for it,” he said.

“New Albany is pleased to welcome Stack Infrastructure to the growing list of high-tech companies operating data centers in the community,” said New Albany Mayor Sloan Spalding. ”Adding a partner like Stack confirms that the industry knows New Albany is the place to be."

Cox said 20 employees would be added at the data center over the next five years.

Although Stack now owns the building, Nationwide – which Cox did not refer to by name – will remain a tenant and ultimately reduce in size at the location, he said.

Stack data-center employees are already in the building, Cox said.

Fewer than 10 Stack employees are at the facility now, said spokesperson Laura Pirmann.

As space becomes available, new clients will be introduced to the facility, Cox said. They will serve as tenants there using the data center to store their cloud services and cloud-related products, he said.

In addition to using the building as tenant space, the property includes 17 acres that could be available for future tenants, Cox said. He said as many as five tenants could locate at the site, although he refrained from forecasting the number of jobs they might bring.

Joe Case, Nationwide’s associate vice president of corporate marketing, provided a statement from the company about the changes.

“After careful consideration, Nationwide made the strategic decision in June 2018 to pursue the sale and leaseback of Data Center East in New Albany,” the statement said. “The decision was driven by technology advancements occurring in the industry and a long-term, cloud-based strategy to support our business. Working with local leaders, we recently finalized the sale and leaseback of this facility with Stack Infrastructure.

“Nationwide will continue to consolidate our footprint in Data Center East over a five-year period, enabling Stack Infrastructure to lease unused capacity to other tenants. Nationwide-owned infrastructure will remain secure and under exclusive access to Nationwide IT associates who continue to work in the data center.

“Associate levels will remain generally steady at Data Center East and with Nationwide associates, as most will either continue in their current roles, be redeployed to other central Ohio Nationwide facilities or will be hired by Stack.”

When asked how many employees are at the facility now and how many will remain, Case said he didn’t have those figures available.

“The important thing is associate levels will remain steady,” he said.

New Albany community-development director Jennifer Chrysler said Nationwide reported 32 jobs on its tax-incentive report.

"To my knowledge, this is not changing," she said.

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Previous story from Oct. 21:

Developing: Data-center company Stack coming to New Albany

A data-center company named Stack Infrastructure is expanding to New Albany, according to an Oct. 16 statement from the company.

The statement said Stack has acquired a campus with a purpose-built, Tier III data center, and the site offers 17 acres for future data-center development.

Hunter Fairman, who works in marketing for Stack, said 20 employees would be added at the data center over the next five years.

"New Albany is pleased to welcome Stack Infrastructure to the growing list of high-tech companies operating data centers in the community," said New Albany Mayor Sloan Spalding. "Adding a partner like Stack confirms that the industry knows New Albany is the place to be."

No other details were immediately available.

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