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“The half-billion-dollar Bitmain investment, along with other national and global tenant positions, have considerably increased the market position and viability of Sandow Lakes Ranch,” said Bernard Uechtritz, founder of Icon Global. “The property is now well-positioned for high revenue generating opportunities well into the future, making it a substantive and valued investment.”


August 6, 2018

Bitmain Chooses Rockdale, Texas for Newest Blockchain Data Center

Bitmain Technologies Ltd.—a world leader in blockchain hardware, software, and services—today announced the launch of its new blockchain data center in the city of Rockdale, Milam County, Texas. This represents an investment of more than US $500 million by Bitmain over an initial period of seven years into the local, county, and statewide economies. 

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August 7, 2018

Bitcoin Mining Giant Bitmain to Invest $500M in Texas Data and Mining Facility

Bitcoin mining firm Bitmain will build a $500 million blockchain data center and mining facility in Texas as part of its expansion into the US market. Bitmain’s new data center will take over the former Alcoa smelter in Rockdale, Texas, with the estimation that the construction and set-up will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2018 and the center set to be “initiated” in early 2019.

July 25, 2018

Enormous Alcoa site outside Austin to become haven for clean energy, tech; mind the massive bitcoin mine

Ownership of a mammoth swath of Central Texas -- perhaps the area's largest white elephant in modern history -- may change hands by the end of the year in a roughly $250 million deal that could include a new high-tech, green-energy hub in a county starved for economic development.

July 19, 2018

With coal gone, this Texas town is going all in on Bitcoin mining

Milam County in Central Texas was economically hammered this year by the closure of its coal-fired power plant and adjacent mine. Now, a new, high-tech virtual mining operation is on its way to ease some of that financial pain.

May 23, 2018

Would you like an aluminum smelter with that ranchland? That'll be $250 million

The industrial site and ranchland — being sold as Sandow Lakes Ranch — includes the shuttered Alcoa Rockdale aluminum plant, which closed down in 2008.

May 23, 2018

Over 30,000 acres of former industrial-use land for sale in Central Texas

The largest private ground, water and surface rights in Texas right now is for sale for $250 million in Central Texas. The 32,000-acre Sandow Lakes Ranch land is located near Rockdale, roughly 45 miles east of downtown Austin, and was previously used as an industrial facility for metal manufacturing firm Alcoa.