Microsoft, Quincy, WA

Microsoft Project

Updated April 2014

NAICS: 518200 - Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
Current Employment: 110
Estimated Annual Payroll: $7,660,400


SOC Occupation % of Industry Average Yearly Salary
 43-4051 Customer Service Representatives
8.93% $33,780
 15-1121 Computer Systems Analysts
6.98% $86,110
 15-1132 Software Developers, Applications
6.68% $92,770
 15-1151 Computer User Support Specialists
5.97% $47,650
 41-3099 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other
4.32% $78,130
 43-9021 Data Entry Keyers
3.98% $28,190
 15-1142 Network and Computer Systems Administrators
3.73% $80,120
 15-1133 Software Developers, Systems Software
3.30% $99,460
 15-1131 Computer Programmers
2.85% $76,420
 11-3021 Computer and Information Systems Managers
2.69% $138,980

Project Summary

In late 2004, the EDC began receiving requests from a site selection company out of Texas that was looking for a data center site in Grant County. It wasn't until late early 2006 that the site selectors revealed that they were representing Microsoft.

Microsoft broke ground at the Port of Quincy's Industrial Park May 30, 2006 and held the ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the data center less than a year later in April 2007.

The data center was quickly filled to capacity and with the passage of legislation  in 2010 that waived sales tax on server equipment for data centers Microsoft broke ground on a second data center.

Microsoft's second data center utilizes container technology which is more energy and water efficient than the previous data center. Instead of building large areas of raised floor, the data center instead houses individual containers full of servers. The containers look very similar to shipping containers except the inside has been modified into a mini data center. The containers are pre-constructed and loaded with servers and shipped to the new data center where they will be plugged in to the network.

Construction of the new data center is on schedule for completion in 2011.