- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) - Facebook says the contractor building a planned data center in the Albuquerque area plans to use at least six New Mexico companies for the project.

A Facebook announcement Thursday says work for the project in Los Lunas is still being arranged so additional companies may be involved. The general contractor is Portland, Oregon-based Fortis Construction Inc.

New Mexico construction leaders previously said subcontractor restrictions for the project likely would disqualify many local companies, but Fortis then said it planned to hire locally.

The project’s first phase is expected to take two years to complete and cost $250 million.

Subcontractors announced by Facebook include an elevator company and others that do work in areas such as fire protection, survey consulting and erosion control.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com

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