Google, the internet search engine giant, plans a 130,000-square-foot building expansion at its 800-acre data hub in the MidAmerica Industrial Park near the city of Pryor in Mayes County, doubling its capacity.
"We welcome the news of Google's plans to continue investing in Oklahoma," Governor Mary Fallin said. "Google's decision to increase the size of their data center in Mayes County highlights the attractiveness of our state as a place to invest and do business."
"As a global company recognized for creating innovative online tools that help businesses and individuals succeed, Google has found a technical workforce with a strong work ethic in Oklahoma, one equal to the task of operating their data center in Pryor. Google's substantial investment, one of the largest in our state's history at more than $700 million, represents a major step in further diversifying our state's economy and ensuring Oklahoma plays a large role in the ever-emerging tech industry," she added.
The Google data center in Mayes County currently employs more than 100 workers and houses computer systems and associated components that support services such as Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps, and new products including Google+. The new facility will not only bring Google's investment to more than $700 million, but will also result in the creation of up to 50 additional jobs in Mayes County, the Governor explained.
Google's new building will eventually house servers and provide additional capacity for operations. "We are committed to strengthening our investment in Mayes County," Google Data Center Operations Manager Mike Wooten said. "In addition to expanding our operational footprint, our new facilities will enable us to offer services to our employees that will improve their day-to-day work experience and contribute to their health and well-being. We have an outstanding workforce in Pryor, and we are so appreciative of the exceptional reception we have received from the local community and the state of Oklahoma. We are glad to be in Oklahoma."
Details of any incentives offered the company were not immediately available.