Gary Herbert

Facebook to build data center south of Salt Lake City

Facebook will build a nearly 1 million-square-foot data center at the foot of Utah's Lake Mountains, state officials said Wednesday. It will employ a fulltime staff of between 30 and 50 people.

The announcement ends days of speculation about a mysterious company interested in the proposed facility. Utah County last week approved $150 million in tax incentives for the project without divulging the company's identity,

Gov. Gary Herbert predicted the new project near Eagle Mountain, 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Salt Lake City, would lead to more than $850 million in financial investment and infrastructure projects in the region.

"It is a significant...