Google to resume work on $600 million data center in Pryor
BY JOHN STANCAVAGE World Business Editor
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
10/20/10 at 8:29 PM
Google Inc. announced late Wednesday that it is resuming work on its data center at Mid-America Industrial Park in Pryor, a $600 million project that has been on hold since 2008.
The company expects the facility to be fully operational late next year. Eventually, it will employ 100 people, officials said.
“We’d like to thank the people of Mayes County for their patience and we look forward to becoming an even bigger part of your community going forward,” said Paul Froutan, director of hardware operations for Google, in a news release. “We will keep you informed as we bring this data center online.”
Mountain View, Calif.-based Google started the project in 2007 but later determined it did not need the server capacity as quickly as had been thought. Some equipment was installed in an initial building, and a small number of staff were hired to maintain the facility, which sits on 800 acres.
A news conference is planned for Thursday at the industrial park.
Lloyd Taylor, Google's dirctor of global operations, talks about the data center being built in Pryor in May 2007. STEPHEN PINGRY/Tulsa World File