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UPDATE: HP to hire 200 more workers for Ark. facility

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LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Hewlett Packard Co. is hiring 200 software engineers and programmers in Arkansas months after announcing layoffs at the same facility.

Gov. Mike Beebe on Wednesday announced that the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company would hire the workers next year for a "regional industry development center" it will establish at its Conway facility. HP currently employs between 600 and 700 workers at the Conway facility.

The announcement comes after HP announced in July that it would lay off 500 workers from the Conway customer support center

The move will alleviate some of the money HP has to repay Arkansas for incentives it received to open the Conway facility in 2010. The company received $10 million from an incentive fund for opening that facility.

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