Tahoe Reno Industrial Center

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Main parts of TRI, 2017


The Tahoe Reno Industrial Center (TRI Center, or TRIC) is a privately owned 107,000 acres (167 sq mi) industrial park, located east of Reno, Nevada and south of Interstate 80.[1][2] The center is the largest in the United States, occupying over half of the land mass in Storey County, and is home to over 100 companies and their warehouse logistics centres and fulfillment centres such as PetSmart, HomeDepot, Walmart and others.[3] The Gigafactory 1 is being built there to serve Tesla Motors and Panasonic.[4] Tesla says that once completed the Gigafactory will be the largest building on the planet.[5]

Facilities include rail-serviced sites with Union Pacific Railroad and BNSF Railway, municipal water and sewer, natural gas service, and five power plants on site producing more than 900 megawatts (1,200,000 hp).[1][6][7]

History[edit]

In 1995, Storey County saw an opportunity in the open area close to rail and highway, but isolated from residential areas avoiding disturbance.[8] Mars/PetSmart became the first tenant.[9] In 2020, TRIC was one of the areas depicted in the art exhibition "Countryside, The Future" by architect Rem Koolhaas at the New York Guggenheim Museum.[10][11]

Private extension[edit]

In 1998, private developers bought 102,000 acres of the adjacent Asamera ranch (formerly McCarran ranch) from Gulf Canada for $20 million cash,[8][12] and the area was zoned as "I-2 Heavy Industrial" in 2000, including retail.[8][13] About 30,000 acres are developable.[14] It operates as a public–private partnership, where the owners provide $5 million for the county to support TRIC. The owners also built infrastructure such as roads, rail, gas, power, water, and sewer, and are reimbursed with 35% of the tax paid by the tenant companies to the county.[8][15] The owners built the six-mile, four-lane USA Parkway between TRIC and I-80 for $60 million in 2007 as the second access, along with rail spur.[12][16]

In 2009 TRIC had 4,500 employees on 11 million sq ft of buildings,[8] growing to 14 million sq ft in 2014,[16] and 5,000 employees in 2015, increasing to over 18,000 employees by 2018.[17] The additions have contributed to economic activity in the Reno area.[18][19][20] NDOT took over USA Parkway for $43 million in 2015, extending it for $70 million to U.S. Route 50 to cope with projected increasing traffic.

Construction[edit]

Switch opened a 130 MW data center in 2017, with plans for 650 MW on its 2,000-acre site.[21][22][23] It is scheduled to occupy 7.2 million square feet[22] and cost $4 billion,[24] with the aim of being Tier 5-approved.[25][26]

A 91-unit Studio 6 Hotel started construction in 2017. A Courtyard by Marriott is scheduled nearby.[27]

In 2017, Google purchased 1,200 acres of land for $26.1 million, to be used as a data center.[28] Construction was underway in 2019.[29]

In 2018 Blockchains bought 67,000 acres for a cryptocurrency-powered libertarian city.[5]

Top employers[edit]

Incomplete list, sorted by number of employees.[30][31]

Employer 2016 2017 2019
Gigafactory total 850[32] 3000[33] 7,557[34]
Tesla 5,540
Panasonic 1200[33] 1,825
Heitkamp & Thumann 192
Wal-Mart (Distribution) 600-699[30]
Zulily 500-599[30]
Thrive Market 218[35]
James Hardie 100-199[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tahoe Reno Industrial Center". Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  2. ^ Chereb, Sandra (September 21, 2014). Las Vegas Review-Journal. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center: Oasis in the Desert". September 2010. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  4. ^ Nelson, Paul (September 25, 2014). "Construction Underway at Tesla Gigafactory Near Reno". KTVN. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  5. ^ a b Geoff Manaugh (May 2019). "Nevada by the sea". Wired. p. 63.
  6. ^ "Our Power Supply". www.nvenergy.com. Archived from the original on March 17, 2017. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  7. ^ Frank A. Tracy Generating Station
  8. ^ a b c d e Bonnenfant, Brian (February 8, 2009). "Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center: A Public-Private Partnership on Steroids". Center for Regional Studies, University of Nevada, Reno. Archived from the original on June 22, 2016. Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  9. ^ Roberts, Sally (May 1, 2017). "Changing tempo: Storey County and TRI Center prepare for change with retirement of team leader". Northern Nevada Business Weekly. Archived from the original on June 15, 2017. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  10. ^ Kane, Jenny (February 20, 2020). "Reno's TRIC featured in architecture exhibition at elite Guggenheim Museum". Reno Gazette Journal.
  11. ^ "Countryside, The Future". Guggenheim. 29 November 2017.
  12. ^ a b "Owner of Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center says he just likes to build". Nevada Appeal. October 18, 2007. Archived from the original on October 23, 2016. Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  13. ^ "Company aims to develop retail at TRIC". Northern Nevada Business Weekly. May 23, 2016. Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  14. ^ "TRIC: By The Numbers". www.nnbw.com.
  15. ^ Roberts, Sally (May 12, 2016). "Innovative development agreement key to TRIC success". www.nnbw.com. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  16. ^ a b "Lance Gilman's $43 million Tesla payoff has believers — and critics". Las Vegas Sun. December 30, 2014. Archived from the original on March 30, 2016. Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  17. ^ "County Employment and Wages in Nevada – Third Quarter 2018 : Western Information Office : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics". www.bls.gov.
  18. ^ An amazing economic development resource page 5+8. Norther Nevada Real Estate Journal, November 16, 2015.
  19. ^ "The Tesla Effect". Northern Nevada Business Weekly. June 3, 2017. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  20. ^ "Give a little RESPECT". www.nnbw.com. April 10, 2017. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  21. ^ "Switch". Switch Data Centers. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  22. ^ a b "Switch TAHOE RENO Now Open: Largest, Most Advanced Data Center Campus in the World - Switch". Switch. February 14, 2017. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  23. ^ "Switch's 1,200,947 square foot data center in the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center". nnbw.com. January 24, 2017. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  24. ^ Hidalgo, Jason. "On Switch: Reno-area SuperNAP to be largest data center on Earth." Reno Gazette-Journal. Sept. 14, 2015
  25. ^ "Switch announces its new Tier 5 data center standard". Northern Nevada Business Weekly. June 12, 2017. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  26. ^ "Tier-5". Switch. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  27. ^ "Tahoe Reno Industrial Center's first hotel under construction". nnbw.com. April 3, 2017. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  28. ^ "Google buys 1,200 acres for data center in Northern Nevada". April 17, 2017. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  29. ^ "Google's massive 1,210-acre facility rising in high desert at Tahoe Reno Industrial Center". Reno Gazette Journal.
  30. ^ a b c d "Top Employers". Nevada Labor Market Information, 1st Quarter 2016. Retrieved October 25, 2016. Click Storey County
  31. ^ Seddon, Jana. "2016/17 Storey County Secured Assessment Roll", from county records
  32. ^ Lambert, Fred (2016-12-08). "Tesla Gigafactory now employs over 850 workers, 1,000 more to come in first half of 2017 with production ramp up". electrek. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  33. ^ a b "Tesla Gigafactory 1 now employs over 3,000 workers as it becomes biggest battery factory in the world". Aug 21, 2018. Retrieved Nov 18, 2018.
  34. ^ "Combined Summary and Transferable Tax Credit" (PDF). 2019-09-13.
  35. ^ "GOED Board of Directors Approve Eight Companies at July Meeting", page 7 Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development, AUGUST 2016.

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