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PRYOR, Okla. -- Search engine giant "Google" is making a big investment in Oklahoma's future.

The company opened a $600 million data center last fall, providing 100 new jobs.

Now, they are ready to expand.

Google will soon employ about 150 people near Pryor, Oklahoma, which is 45 miles east of Tulsa.

Most of them are Oklahomans with mechanical, electrical or computer science backgrounds.

In September, Governor Mary Fallin officially "plugged in" the new Google data center in Mayes County and just six months later, she was thanking Google again at the Capitol Wednesday.

"Because we know you have other choices," she said.

Google will soon build a second data center next to the first one for one reason.

"Our pace of growth is astounding," data center Operations Manager Mike Wooten said at Wednesday's press conference.

The new building will allow Google to house twice as much server capacity, computers that keep Google Search, Gmail, YouTube and other services running.

Google needed more room, something of which Oklahoma has plenty.

"Oklahoma is a great place," Wooten said. "Right business environment. They had the available land, the available workforce and the available water that we need to cool the machines and servers that we run."

Oklahoma City's Devon Tower cost $750 million to build.

Google's investment in Oklahoma is now $700 million, the largest in the state outside the energy sector.

"What it says is they tried things out in Oklahoma and found that we met their expectations," Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce Dave Lopez said. "So there's nothing better in my mind than a returning customer saying 'I want more.'"

To feel at home, Google put a mechanical bull in their first data center.

They want to top that in the second data center.

Perhaps with a real bull?

"I don't know, the sky's the limit," Wooten said smiling. "We have 800 acres."

Google received statutory incentives to come to Oklahoma, like an exemption on sales and use taxes on their machinery, equipment and electricity.

They will also receive a five-year property tax exemption after their qualifying assets are placed in service.