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Data center operator Steel Orca files for bankruptcy

Company shuts down less than six months after opening new facility

Pennsylvania data center provider Steel Orca went bankrupt in December, only six months after finally opening a long-awaited project.

Seel Orca of Bucks County PA opened a data center in a former pharm lab in the Princeton, New Jerswey area, after attempting to build a facility on a brownfield site in Fairless Hills, PA, which was fomerly the United States Steel Fairless Works. No comment was made as to why the original project site fell through.

Steel ORCA team with South Brunswick Mayor (L-R Dennis Cronin- COO, Mayor Frank Gambatese, Dave Crocker- CEO, Paul Tufano- CFO). Image courtesy of Steel ORCA

Steel Orca announces New Jersey plans, 2014

Source: Steel Orca

Left to right: Dennis Cronin, COO; Mayor Frank Gambatese; Dave Crocker, CEO; Paul Tufano, CFO

Chapter 7 bankruptcy

Steel Orca entered voluntarily into Chapter 7 redundancy, filing its application early in December 2015, according to reports on Business Bankruptcies.  The assets of the company will be sold by the trustee, and the creditors reimbursed according to the terms of the bankruptcy code. The paperwork filings were completed on December 21st.

It is important to note that failure of Steel Orca does not reflect on or impact the company that eventually did build on the Fairless Works site. That data center business, Keystone NAP, had only a location and a lawyer in common with the Steel Orca project, yet some coverage of the Steel Orca bankruptcy has conflated the two companies. Steel Orca’s only facility was the data center built near Princeton, NJ.

DatacenterDynamics attempted to contact Steel Orca staff for an explanation of what went wrong at the provider, but has had no response yet. 

Readers' comments (2)

  • What's going on in NJ? Steel Orca shuts down after 6 months, and DuPont is selling their NJ site.

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  • This is sad news from Steel Orca! For only 6 months? The company may have known their financial problem on the planning state but still choose to proceed knowing the risk, well! Business is risky and declaring bankruptcy is a good decision. We have a similar system regarding bankruptcy in Australia and if you want to know more about bankruptcy laws in Australia feel free to visit

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