By Janine Sjostrom
Los Lunas is not one of the largest cities in New Mexico. In fact, it’s not a city at all, but rather a village of roughly 15,000 residents. Yet, remarkably, it has attracted one of the world’s largest companies, Facebook, for the construction of its newest data center.
This multi-phase project will support thousands of jobs in the region, with hundreds of construction workers onsite daily and up to 800 at varying times during construction. The new facility will also create 30 permanent jobs with one building, with the number of permanent jobs likely to grow significantly over time.
The Facebook data center will be constructed on the west side of Los Lunas, directly across Highway 6 from Jubilee Los Lunas, New Mexico’s premier active adult community.
The advent of Facebook will put Los Lunas on the world stage, likely attracting similar businesses over time, and related businesses, such as new solar plants to support the growing energy demands in Los Lunas. A number of national retailers already call Los Lunas home, including Home Depot, Lowe’s, Applebee’s, Starbucks, Chili’s, and a Wal-Mart Supercenter and Distribution Center, which sees 300 trucks a day.
According to Los Lunas’ Economic Development Director, Ralph L. Mims, “Los Lunas is building a sustainable business community comprised of national, regional, local and home-based businesses and entrepreneurs. We ask our businesses ‘What can we do to help you succeed?’ and then work diligently to make this happen.”
Located just 20 minutes south of downtown Albuquerque, Los Lunas is well prepared for continued business growth with its large, available tracts of land, with infrastructure already in place. “The Village of Los Lunas is a great place to live, work and play. We are centrally located in the state and close to everything. With mild year-round temperatures and thriving businesses, we’re the ideal location to establish a company, raise a family and experience a quality of life that is second-to-none,” says Mims.