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KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Google plans to double the size of its Kirkland campus to make room for 1,000 more employees.

The Internet company announced plans for two new buildings Tuesday at a news conference attended by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee who called it something to celebrate.

We are excited to expand our presence in Kirkland, where we have one of the largest engineering offices outside of our headquarters in Mountain View, a Google spokesperson said. This represents our commitment to the area, and we look forward to continuing to work closely with the community and the City of Kirkland.

The Seattle Times reports Google has been adding employees since it opened a sales office in 2006 in Seattle. The Seattle and Kirkland offices employ more than 1,000 people. Many of the recruits come from Microsoft and Amazon.com.

There are three existing buildings on the Kirkland campus where employees have worked on Google Voice, Google Talk and parts of the Chrome browser.

Google is based in Mountain View, Calif., and has nearly 40,000 employees worldwide.

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