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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

HP to Open St. Pete Research Center

SAN JOSE, California -- Hewlett-Packard said Monday that it planned to open a research and development facility in St. Petersburg that will employ dozens of researchers and focus on inventing ways to manage and mine digital data.

The center will be HP's seventh research and development center around the world operated under the umbrella of HP Labs, the Palo Alto, California-based company's central research organization. HP declined to say how much it was spending on the new facility, which will be located in the company's existing sales facility in St. Petersburg.

Beth Keer, director of the company's Information Services and Process Innovation Lab, said the new facility would allow HP to tap into a pool of Russian scientists with a rigorous academic background and help local customers solve region-specific problems.

"It's really important for us to be where our customers are, and where the scientific talent is," Keer said.