Data center to create jobs in Urbandale, Iowa

More than 50 technology jobs will soon be available in Urbandale, Iowa. The Des Moines Register reported that IP Pathways has chosen the city as the location of its first data center.

IP Pathways sells both the hardware and software that its clients use to store large amounts of data, but until now the company had no storage center of its own for the machines it sells. That left clients to find their own way to house the computers they bought. Joe Shields, the company's CEO, told the Register that the decision to open the data center was spurred by customer demand.

"Customers are asking for these things. For us, it was either lose their business to other firms, potentially out of state, or do the work," Shields told the source.

IP Pathways currently has offices in Omaha, Kansas City and Urbandale. The company employs 54 people and hopes to double its workforce with the new facility.

As of July, total employment in the city was over 24,000, according to Iowa Workforce Development. That left the city with an unemployment rate of just 3.2 percent.