LiquidStack Opens New U.S. HQ and Manufacturing Facility in North Texas

Liquid cooling for data centers has seen a big spike in demand due to the (literally) hot new revolution of Generative AI. Having moved its global HQ from the Boston area to Carrollton, north of Dallas, LiquidStack aims to meet that demand with a full range of liquid cooling solutions manufactured on site. It's now "aggressively hiring."

Note: This story was updated on March 7, 2024, to note that LiquidStack is not Netherlands-based, but has its holding company in the Netherlands. Its global headquarters is now in Carrollton.

LiquidStack—a global leader in liquid immersion cooling for data centers—has relocated its headquarters from the Boston metro area to the Dallas suburb of Carrollton. On March 22, LiquidStack will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new HQ and manufacturing center at 1628 W. Crosby Road in Carrollton and is “aggressively hiring production staff” in the region.

Liquid cooling for data centers has seen a big spike in demand due to the heat generated by Generative AI models and applications, which require lots of power to churn through staggering amounts of data. To meet that demand, LiquidStack’s liquid cooling solutions include “direct-to-chip coolant distribution units (CDUs), single phase and two phase immersion cooling solutions, and the company’s MacroModular and MicroModular prefabricated data centers.”

Liquid cooling solutions will be manufactured on site in North Texas

CEO Joe Capes

All those solutions above will be manufactured on site at the company’s new 20,000-plus-square-foot North Texas home, LiquidStack said. The Carrollton HQ will also host a service training and demonstration center for customers and the company’s global network of service engineers and partners.

“We’re seeing incredibly high demand for liquid cooling globally as a result of the introduction of ultra-high TDP chips that are driving the scale and buildout of generative AI,” LiquidStack CEO Joe Capes said in a statement. “Our investment in this new facility allows us to serve the rapidly growing market while creating new, high-skilled jobs right here in Carrollton.”

The Carrollton facility has been operating since December. At the formal ribbon-cutting on March 22, members of the Carrollton city council and the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce—as well as LiquidStack customers and partners—are expected to attend.

Attracted by Carrollton’s diversity, amenities, jobs, and housing

Dan Walker

LiquidStack Plant Manager Dan Walker cited a list of attributes that attracted his company to Carrollton.

“As one of the safest communities in the country, Carrollton offers a high level of diversity, amenities, jobs and housing, which made it the perfect site for LiquidStack to build its state-of-the-art, high-efficiency manufacturing center and headquarters,” Walker said in a statement.

“I made the Dallas-Fort Worth area my home many years ago,” he added, “and know first hand that we have the local expertise, talent, and reliability to achieve LiquidStack’s goals.”

Co-founded in 2012 by Hong Kong-based CTO

LiquidStack’s holding company is located in The Netherlands, and it has an Innovation Center in Hong Kong—the home of Chief Technology Officer Kar-Wing Lau, who co-founded the company in 2012. Originally known as Allied Control Limited, it rebranded to LiquidStack in 2021.

The company called its new North Texas facility “a major milestone in LiquidStack’s mission to deliver high performance, cost-effective, and reliable liquid cooling solutions for high performance data center and edge computing applications.” To address demand fueled by the new Gen AI era, LiquidStack  says its new facility enables it to “respond to customers’ needs in an agile fashion while maintaining the high-quality standards and service the company is known for.”

‘Aggressively hiring’ 

LiquidStack is “aggressively hiring production staff” for its Carrollton facility “in line with the growth of the market for liquid cooling.” The company plans to “more than triple the size” of its current manufacturing team by end of the year, and aims to launch another round of hiring in 2025.

At full capacity, the new facility can be home to “well over 100 employees,” the company told Dallas Innovates.

Positions LiquidStack is now hiring for include assemblers and technicians with mechanical, electrical, and quality expertise. Company recruiters will be participating in career fairs at local colleges and universities throughout the region to attract “the most talented and enthusiastic new hires.”

A pioneer in high-density liquid cooling

LiquidStack says it pioneered the world’s highest density, most efficient, and sustainable liquid cooling solution at its launch in 2012.

“Our advanced liquid cooling solutions continue to serve as the backbone for highly scalable and environmentally safe hyperscale, colocation, enterprise, edge, and blockchain data centers,” the company said in a statement. “LiquidStack’s DataTank, EdgeTank, CryptoTank, MicroModular, and MacroModular systems and services are enabling real-time advancement of computing and communications while supporting a sustainable planet.”

Entered direct-to-chip liquid cooling market in November

In November, the company entered the direct-to-chip liquid cooling market with a new range of universal coolant distribution units (CDUs), which it said can be configured to support most commercially available direct-to-chip solutions.

Direct-to-chip is currently the largest segment of the liquid cooling market, the company noted.

“There is no one liquid cooling solution that will fit every need or application, as data centers must factor in their location, workloads, sustainability goals, budget, and other considerations,” Nick Schweissguth, director of product management at LiquidStack, said in November. “Many data centers will be taking a hybrid air and liquid cooling approach for the foreseeable future. As a full service liquid cooling company, we’re incorporating universal coolant distribution units for direct-to-chip technology into our portfolio of products and services, thus addressing all forms of liquid cooling.”

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