The GM Tech Center, an iconic facility that has long served as one of the auto industry’s storied hubs of car design and engineering, has been approved for a $1 billion makeover. Currently, the campus is home to more than 19,000 employees. General Motors has announced that they will invest $1 billion in its Warren, Michigan Technical Center campus, creating approximately 2,600 new salaried jobs to support future business growth at the National Historic Landmark site. This multiyear project will continue through 2018. Initial construction of the 326-acre Tech Center began in 1949 and opened in 1956. The cars of today require a lot more software than they used to and the cars of tomorrow, especially if they are self-driving and running on hydrogen or electricity, will require even more.
The shift in GM’s computer functions has been ongoing as the maker has already begun bringing thousands of computer experts to Warren as one of four information technology centers nationwide that are being set up to develop software for new vehicles and other purposes. The company has also consolidated 23 data centers globally into two, including Warren, and will expand design and engineering work on the huge campus. However, the focus isn’t just on IT alone as the company has been hiring engineers and product development people and moved some engineering work to Warren that previously had been based in India and other markets. GM realized that they need to be able to attract the best talent in the high-tech world. The company has good relations with companies like Google and Apple, and having a state-of-the-art Tech Center will certainly help its position in the high-tech world.
“This is an investment in our people who work at the Tech Center because it is positioning the company for long-term growth by enabling new levels of innovation and collaboration into our workplace,” said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president, Global Product Development and Purchasing and Supply Chain.
“This is great news for Warren, the region and our state – it soundly demonstrates GM’s commitment to Michigan and our talented workforce, providing key jobs and career opportunities for today and tomorrow,” said Gov. Rick Snyder.
This is why we’ve focused so hard on creating the competitive economic climate for this kind of investment in our state. This makeover, and other projects like it, will keep our comeback going strong making Michigan the place to live, work, do business and play.
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