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Microsoft Corp. may expand its Fargo, N.D., campus as early as 2015, Forum Communications reports. The software giant employs roughly 1,800 workers in the Fargo-Moorhead area and long-range plans call for 900 additional jobs.

However, the company is already operating near 100 percent occupancy in its current three buildings.

“We know our buildings are full now, and so we have to go out into the lease market, which we are exploring,” Don Morton, Microsoft Fargo site leader, told the newspaper. “And we also know in the long run, it’s better business to build your own rather than to lease.”

Microsoft plans to lease more office space until new buildings can be constructed, but Morton adds issues with the national and global economy as well as immigration reform could impact how quickly the project moves forward.

In 2011, Microsoft acquired Great Plains Software Inc. in Fargo for $1.1 billion in stock, according to a news release.

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