Business leaders from across Chicago gathered at QTS Chicago on Friday for the grand opening of the Windy City’s newest mega data center, located just minutes from the heart of downtown Chicago in the iconic Chicago Sun-Times printing facility.
The event, which included a morning dedication and ribbon cutting, as well as an afternoon open house, was attended by more than 350 people eager to get a firsthand look at one of the most technologically advanced data centers in the Midwest.
World War II veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Woody Williams, Chicago police officers and firefighters and other dignitaries joined QTS Chief Executive Officer Chad Williams to cut the ribbon on the new data center. The QTS Chicago Freedom Wall was also unveiled at the event, dedicated to those who serve the United States in the armed forces and as police officer and firefighters.
"We thank Mayor Emanuel, World Business Chicago and the Chicago community for the support they have shown," said Chad Williams. "QTS Chicago is a significant addition to our platform and we are pleased by the early and positive response from both local Chicago businesses, as well as national enterprises who are interested in the city's central location within the country."
Chicago Deputy Mayor Steve Koch was also on hand to welcome QTS to the city.
During the dedication, QTS announced the donation of seven $10,000 donations to various charities and organizations both in Chicago and around the country.
Singer Wintley Phipps performed at the dedication, singing a moving rendition of “Amazing Grace” prior to the Freedom Wall dedication and ribbon cutting.
At the open house, attendees had the opportunity to tour the massive facility, before enjoying food from some of Chicago’s best food trucks. Woody Williams, a retired Marine and the last surviving recipient of the Medal of Honor from the Battle of Iwo Jima, also spoke to the gathered crowd about his experiences.
The 317,000 square foot facility, located at 2800 S. Ashland Avenue, will serve as QTS’ Midwest hub to deliver our fully integrated portfolio featuring customizable data center solutions, colocation, managed hosting, hybrid cloud and disaster recovery services for enterprise and government organizations.