Google Inc. Plans $600 Million Data Center In NC

Google has clicked on North Carolina as the home for its a 600 million dollar data center.

The search engine giant is building what's called a "server farm." It will eventually employ 210 people in a region hit hard in recent years by layoffs in the furniture and textile industries.

North Carolina will give the company almost 5 million dollars as part of a total incentives package that could reach more than 100 million dollars.

Google plans to build the center in Lenoir, a city of 60-thousand about 60 miles northwest of Charlotte. The average annual salary at the data center is expected to be more than 48-thousand dollars, about 20-tousand dollars more than the average salary in Caldwell County.

The recruitment of Google marks the second high-tech score for the state since 2004, when both the state and local governments gave Dell 280 million dollars worth of incentives to build a computer plant in Winston-Salem.