PRYOR, OK – A crowd of more than 700 people gathered in a festive atmosphere at the new Google Data Center in Pryor, Okla., 35 miles west of Tulsa for the official opening of the company’s newest data center, organizers said.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin headlined the western-themed event entitled “Google Connects with Oklahoma,” which included local and state officials, Google executives and employees, as well as citizens from the surrounding communities.
Gov. Fallin called the day “momentous” and thanked Google officials for locating the company’s newest data center in Oklahoma.
We welcome Google and this significant facility to Oklahoma, the governor said. “As Oklahomans know, job creation is my top priority as governor. We welcome the more than 100 good-paying jobs Google has brought to our state.
“Google’s presence in Oklahoma affirms our state is indeed an ideal location for high-tech facilities because of our superb training programs, skilled and dependable workforce, low energy costs and job-creating incentives.”
The Governor continued, “Google is synonymous with developing products and services to simplify and enrich the Internet experience for users around the globe.
The company’s leadership was reaffirmed earlier this year when Google topped the coveted corporate reputation ranking, Harris Interactive’s Annual U.S. Reputation Quotient Survey, which reflects the positive sentiments Americans have for this company. We welcome Google to Oklahoma, and I personally look forward to forging a strong, long-term relationship that will lead to additional investments in our state.”
Google’s Oklahoma data center represents a $600 million investment in the state, in addition to the new jobs. The data center is located in the 9,000-acre MidAmerica Industrial Park in Pryor, one of America’s largest and top-ranked centers for manufacturing, distribution, processing and secure operations facilities.
Google is continuing its investment in Mayes County with the addition of a second building. “The building will house amenities for the site, including a gym, laundry facilities, cafeteria and office space, as well as increased production capacity,” said Mike Wooten, Operations Manager. “The team has grown quickly, and as we continue to power up the site we expect additional jobs to be added.”
“Google and Oklahoma are an ideal fit. When we search for a data center site we have very specific criteria such as the caliber of the work force, the right business climate and the infrastructure to support the power and technical needs of our operations. Mayes County and MidAmerica Industrial Park fit the bill and have surpassed our expectations”, said Joe Kava, Google senior director, data center operations and construction.
“We are proud to officially celebrate the completion of this world-class facility,” said Dave Lopez, Oklahoma secretary of commerce. “This project’s success is the result of tremendous work by the MidAmerica Industrial Park staff and a dedicated support team of state and local official agencies, organizations and suppliers.”
In 2010, Google’s search and advertising tools provided nearly $140 million in economic activity for 12,100 Oklahoma businesses, website owners and nonprofit organizations.
As a community partner, Google has already funded a robotics lab for Pryor Public Schools and science and math equipment for the Chouteau-Mazie School District. “We are currently considering several additional grant opportunities focused on science, technology, engineering and math education,” said Mike Wooten.
“The Google Data Center in Pryor was announced in May 2007,” said Sanders Mitchell, MidAmerica Industrial Park administrator. “Back then, the selection of MidAmerica validated everything we put on the table in trying to bring a new company here to our front doorstep. Personally, this moment will be remembered with special significance. Organizations ranging from our board and staff to the Governor’s office, the Grand River Dam Authority and all our friends at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce have all played vital roles in this historic event.”
The Oklahoma Google data center in Mayes County is the newest in a fleet of highly-efficient Google data centers using half the energy of a typical data center. Google’s Oklahoma data center is powered by electricity from Grand River Dam Authority. In an effort to make more renewable energy available to the regional grid, Google has also entered into a long-term agreement to purchase all of the energy from NextEra Energy Resources’ Minco II wind facility.
“They searched, they found, they arrived, and, now, four years later, they are operational,” Mitchell said. “What a great day for our city and our state. I think that we are all ready to go Google, Oklahoma style.”
About Google Inc.
Google’s innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. It was founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin. For more information, for more information about the Mayes County data center, visit www.google.com/MayesCounty
About MidAmerica Industrial Park
Located 30 miles east of Tulsa, MidAmerica Industrial Park is a 9,000-acre manufacturing, processing and distribution center located south of Pryor, Okla., in Mayes County. Founded in 1960, the park now has a 365-acre regional business airport with a 5,000-foot runway, and owns the wastewater and water treatment plants. It’s the nation’s largest rural industrial park.