Google chose the Kotka-Hamina Region
In March 2009, Google acquired the old Summa paper mill in Hamina, on the shores of the Gulf of Finland, with the intention to transform it into a data centre. The paper mill had been closed the previous year, which was a major blow to employment in the region.
The perfect combination had an impact on decision-making
Google’s decision was swayed by the right combination of energy infrastructure, plotted land ready for development and available labour resources available in the Kotka-Hamina region. Google also appreciated the unique opportunity to save an old factory and take advantage of the existing infrastructure to build its data centre.
The first phase of the project was completed in autumn 2011. After the latest investment in 2020, the value of Google’s total investment in Hamina will reach 2 billion euros.
Google promotes growth and opportunities in the region
Google’s location in Hamina naturally contributes to the economic growth and opportunities of the Kotka-Hamina region. With Google, industry, jobs and training opportunities that support the data business have been created in the Kotka-Hamina region, including education opportunities at South Kymenlaakso Vocational College Ekami and South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences – Xamk.
We have a direct connection to Google
At Cursor Oy, a development company in the Kotka-Hamina region, we have a direct relationship with Google. Our work includes organizing pitching events where companies in the Kotka-Hamina region can present their services directly to Google.
Google’s data centre also creates enormous potential for new companies located in the Kotka-Hamina region. If you are interested in working with Google, please contact us!