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1:34 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Google has a "Pryor" commitment

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Google says it will double its server capacity in Oklahoma and create 50 new jobs when it creates a new facility in Mayes County.  

Mike Wooten, the operations manager of Google's data center near Pryor, says Google 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 last fall and it employs more than 100 workers. The facility is located in the Mid-America Industrial Park and contains systems that support Gmail, Google Maps, Google Search and Google Plus. Wooten says the new facility 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.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.