Former Peak 10 plans to hire a few people this fall

By Geert De Lombaerde

A national data center operator is doubling the capacity of one of its local facilities by half and already has signed up a big customer for a chunk of that space.

Officials with Flexential, which comprises the former Peak 10 and ViaWest organizations, say they expect to wrap up construction of the 40,000-square-foot addition to their center on Carothers Parkway in Franklin in August. The facility’s total square footage will then be about 80,000, which amounts to about half of Flexential’s total area presence.

Company officials, who also are adding capacity in the Atlanta and Portland markets, say they moved forward with their local expansion because they only had about 10,000 square feet of space available to current and potential clients on Carothers and at their centers on Commerce Way and Duke Drive in Cool Springs. A quarter of the new space already has been spoken for by a large financial organization.

Flexential leaders, who lead a local team of about 35, plan to hire a few more people this fall. The company, which is backed by private equity firm GI Partners, employs more than 1,000 people in all and works with about 4,200 customers in the United States and Canada.