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April 4th, 2012 - Kelley Chambers

Google adding to Oklahoma facility



Google is expanding its presence in Oklahoma.

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The Mountain View, Calif.-based Internet and software company opened a data center near Pryor, Okla. in September, and a company official said a planned expansion would double the facility’s production capacity. It is about 50 miles northeast of Tulsa.

Mike Wooten, data center operations manager for Google, was joined by state leaders at the capitol April 4 for the announcement. He said the addition would increase Google’s workforce in Oklahoma from 100 to 150.  

While the campus does not have some of the celebrated amenities of the headquarters in California, the Oklahoma center will receive a café serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, a gym with showers, and new office and meeting space.

Wooten said the expansion will bring Google’s investment in Oklahoma to more than $700 million. The new building will house servers and provide additional capacity for operations. Its computer systems support features likes Google Search, Gmail and Google Maps. It was the eighth data center Google opened in the United States. Work on the expansion is set to begin in the coming weeks.

 
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