Google today confirmed plans to build a large Internet data center at the Mid-America Industrial Park in Pryor, Oklahoma. The $600 million data center will eventually employ 200 people, Google director of operations Lloyd Taylor said at a press conference this morning. Google will convert an existing warehouse on an 800-acre tract of land the company purchased at the park. The data center will open in the summer of 2008, with a second new building to be added later.
The announcement was widely expected after Google acknowledged that it had purchased the land in Pryor for consideration as a data center. The Oklahoma project continues a major building boom for Google, which earlier this year and announced $600 milion data center projects in Lenoir, North Carolina and Goose Creek, South Carolina and is reported to be considering a data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa.