Our ace photographer, Chris Rizzo, took so many excellent pictures at our Metro Detroit Data Center open house on Dec. 2 that it took us a full 10 days to whittle it down to our 10 favorites to post here.

Among the strong turnout – approximately 400 registered for the event – were political dignitaries like Westland mayor William R. Wild, Wayne County Commissioner Richard LeBlanc and a representative from U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow’s office.

Mayor Wild seemed to have a good time while kicking off our ceremonies:

And LeBlanc (right) presented Online Tech co-CEOs Mike Klein (left) and Yan Ness with a resolution for opening the 34,500-square-foot data center that delivers secure, compliant, enterprise-class hosting and colocation services to Metro Detroit clients.

Speaking of clients, many of them were on hand as well. Here, Richard Anderson of Kelly Services speaks about what it’s like to be an Online Tech client.

Also participating in the festivities were Lance Thompson of Baseline Data Services, who told the crowd why he chose to partner with Online Tech; David Barton of UHY Advisors, who discussed how positive an auditing partnership can be; and Online Tech founder Gary Baker, who discussed the company’s evolution as it celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Attendees toured the new facility and got the low-down on details – like its three Cummins 500kW diesel generators and high-availability dual Cisco-powered network – from Online Tech Director of Infrastructure Nick Lumsden:

Of course, we had the standard open house activities. Like a ribbon-cutting …

… and a champagne toast from Ness and Klein.

A little less standard: We collected donations for one of our charitable partners, Pets for Vets.

We’d like to once again thank the EMC Corporation for sponsoring the event, along with supporting sponsorship from Fibertech Networks.

Oh, and last but not least, a big shout-out to Joe’s Gourmet Catering for the delicious food.