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The Associated Press

MAIDEN, N.C. — (Nasdaq: APPL) is ramping up hiring at its $1 billion East Coast data center, suggesting the North Carolina site is nearing completion.

Apple this week posted 10 new jobs on its Web site for Maiden, about 30 miles northwest of Charlotte. The positions include maintenance and electrical technicians, a shift supervisor, and site administrators.

Another nine job openings in Charlotte and Hickory may be related to the data center, which is expected to employ about 50 full-time workers.

An Apple spokeswoman would not comment Friday.

Apple has not said how it will use the center. The facility could add capacity to store and move music, video and movies purchased through its iTunes Web site, or iPhone applications