Google Inc. on Thursday took the wraps off its new Michigan office and detailed plans for the rapid expansion of its advertising unit in the home of the University of Michigan.
The high-tech ribbon-cutting for the Mountain View, Calif.-based online company brought out political leaders and featured tours of the office as well as demonstrations of Google applications. It also served as an opportunity to see many of the more than 100 Googlers who have joined the company since it announced expansion plans for Michigan.
The facility is a sales center for Google's AdWords program, which allows advertisers to create keyword-based ads that display alongside online search results.
Google has said the office eventually will employ as many as 1,000 people. That makes Google the single largest private office user to move to Ann Arbor's central business district in years.