Social media giant Facebook will build a second data facility near Forest City in western North Carolina, Gov. Bev Perdue said Monday.

The company expects to add 10 permanent jobs.

The new building will be a “mirror” of the first center, which employs some 30 people, the governor’s office said.

Perdue plans to tour the facility on Tuesday.

Facebook started construction of the first center in November of last year with an announced investment of $450 million.

Building 1, as Facebook calls the original structure, is “physically complete,” Facebook said Tuesday. “[C]rews are preparing to populate it with its first batch of servers,” the company added.

The decision to add another building and more capacity reflects Facebook’s growth. The firm says its user count has grown to more than 800 million from 500 million when plans were announced to build the first center.

“Facebook’s additional expansion into North Carolina means more high-tech jobs and investment in Rutherford County,” Perdue said in a statement. “Facebook continues to be a ‘friend’ to North Carolina.”

The project also will generate construction jobs, Perdue said.

“We believe the expanding operations and continued construction activities will have a positive impact on Rutherford County’s economy,” said George Henry, the Facebook Data Center Manager.

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Western North Carolina also is home to a major data center operated by Google in Lenoir, and Apple is building a similar center.

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