Involta, the owner of a 3-year-old facility in Akron that holds troves of computerized data for customers, said Friday that customer demand is prompting it to build a second data center in Northeast Ohio.

The new center will be on now-vacant land on Pleasant Valley Road in Independence.

The planned 25,000-square-foot facility will include storage space, mechanical and electrical infrastructure and office space for use by clients — customers who store their data at the highly secure center.

A fiber ring will connect the Independence facility to the concrete-block building on Miller Avenue in Akron. This means customers can keep data at both facilities, with the fiber ring allowing for real-time replication of data in case of a disaster or more common occurrence, such as a problem with a router.

Multiple tenants already have committed to the center, Involta CEO Bruce Lehrman said on Friday.

Involta is poised to receive a Job Creation Grant from Independence, with an estimated value of $33,000, that would be paid over five years. Involta would get the full amount if it meets its projection of having 10 employees at the facility.

Last fall, Involta, headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, revealed it was adding to its Akron facility, roughly doubling the size of the Miller Avenue complex. Last year, Involta said the Akron facility employed eight to 10 people.

Investment in Ohio

Involta entered the Ohio market in 2012, building the $17 million data center on Miller. With the addition, Involta has said, the company’s capital investment in Akron will total nearly $27 million.

Lehrman noted there is enough land at the 7-acre Independence site for future expansion there. Involta has projected its initial investment in Independence will be $10 million to $13 million. The company estimates that with the Independence expansion its capital investment in Northeast Ohio will total nearly $55 million.

Last year, Involta doubled the number of its employees after acquiring a Youngstown company, Data Recovery Services LLC. Involta said last June that its purchase of the Youngstown company means more than half of the company’s nearly 200 employees reside in Ohio.

Katie Byard can be reached at 330-996-3781 or kbyard@thebeaconjournal.com.