Google to invest $600M in expansion at NC data center

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LENOIR, N.C. — Google on Friday announced it will invest $600 million to expand operations at its data center site in Lenoir.

The data center in Caldwell County houses computer systems and associated components that support Google search, Gmail, Google+ and YouTube.

“When Google builds a data center, it chooses a site large enough to accommodate growth and a site where we want to establish a long-term commitment to the local community,” said Data Center Operations Manager Enoch Moeller.  “We are proud to be a part of the City of Lenoir and Caldwell County community where our employees live, work and play.”

Google first announced plans for a North Carolina data center in 2007 and made an initial investment of $600 million to get the center up and running.

In November 2010, Google announced plans to construct a second building at the site.