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Google announces expansion at Okla. data center

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 11:05am
KATIE FRETLAND - Associated Press - Associated Press

Google says it will double its server capacity in Oklahoma and add 50 jobs when it builds a new facility in the state.

Mike Wooten, the operations manager of Google's data center near Pryor, says the company is looking primarily for local residents to fill the new jobs. He says Google needs employees to work on deployment of servers and equipment maintenance.

Google's $600 million data center opened in the Mid-America Industrial Park about 45 miles east of Tulsa last fall and already employs more than 100 workers. It contains systems that support Gmail, Google Maps, Google Search and Google Plus.

Wooten says the expansion will bring Google's investment in Oklahoma to $700 million.

Wednesday's announcement comes the same day that Yahoo announced its plans to lay off 2,000 workers.

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