GM to invest $130 million at its Technical Center campus in Warren

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 6, 2011

Of the $2 billion that General Motors will invest in its 17 facilities in the U.S. throughout eight states, $130 million will be used to make an enterprise data center at its Technical Center campus located in Warren, Mich. It’s expected that by 2015, GM will complete the construction of an energy-efficient Information Technology (IT) Operations and Command Center that cuts operating costs, consolidates GM’s IT infrastructure, and reduces energy use by as much as 40%.

After GM expands and renovates its former administrative building, it will create 25 high-tech jobs. GM anticipates that this facility will be eligible for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDS) certification that’s given out by the U.S. Green Building Council. There will be IT laboratories at this new enterprise data center, which will function as a hub for monitoring GM’s digital applications worldwide.

Due to its modular design, GM is able to expand further in the future to handle the increasingly complex computer simulations that are required to cope with the requirements for quicker design, improved fuel economy, as well as safety and quality.

Terry Kline, GM vice president and chief information officer, said that this new facility, similar to other GM data centers around the globe, “support the tools the company needs to design, build and sell the world’s best vehicles through digital applications enabling all business functions.” This investment is on top of GM’s $3.4 billion investment since the middle of 2009 that led to the creation or maintenance of 9,000 jobs in the U.S.

GM, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Terry Kline said that with its new facilities, the company is perfectly positioned to support its data centers throughout the world. For instance, it can export to more places, as well as design, build, and sell its products using the most advanced digital applications.

Mr Kline's announcement was part of a recent run of developments which have seen $2 billion in US investment by GM. The company will be creating 17 new facilities in eight different states and Mr Kline was clear in his speech that this development does not include the $3.4 billion already invested and 9,000 jobs created and those that remain in the United States.

Kline went on to say that this outstanding level of achievement has only been possible because of those hard at work at GM, Michigan’s Economic Growth Authority and the people in Warren. He added that their support has been truly appreciated and that the Mayor, the City Council in both Warren and the state of Michigan all agree that this is a fine development which will secure a continued future in the United States for GM.

General Motors (NYSE: GM, TSX: GMM) can trace its roots back to 1908 and is still today one of the world's largest suppliers of automobiles. Doing business in more than 120 countries, GM's global headquarters remains in Detroit, and in manages to employ over 200,000 employees in all the major regions of the world.

Producing a range of vehicles in 30 countries, GM is able to import, export and service vehicles such as Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Daewoo, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall, and Wuling. The company’s leading markets are China, the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada and Italy. The company leads when it comes to vehicle safety, the security of its vehicles and information. This service is available through GM's OnStar subsidiary.

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GM to Invest $130 Million, Add 25 Jobs in Warren, Mich.

General Motors will invest $130 million to build an enterprise data center at its Technical Center campus in Warren, Mich., adding 25 high-tech jobs and expanding and renovating a former administrative building. Design is under way on the renovation and construction, with the final phase scheduled for completion in 2015.

The investment will result in an energy-efficient, state-of-the-art Information Technology (IT) Operations and Command Center that consolidates GM’s IT infrastructure, reduces operating costs and cuts energy use by 40 percent. GM expects the facility will qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDS) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The new enterprise data center will contain IT laboratories and serve as a hub for monitoring GM’s digital applications globally. Its modular design enables future expansion for handling the increasingly complex computer simulations needed to keep pace with faster design, fuel economy, safety, and quality requirements.

“This new facility and other GM data centers around the world support the tools the company needs to design, build and sell the world’s best vehicles through digital applications enabling all business functions,” said Terry Kline, GM vice president and chief information officer.

Today’s announcement is part of the $2 billion in U.S. investment that GM recently announced for 17 facilities in eight states. This is on top of $3.4 billion invested and 9,000 jobs created or retained in the United States since mid-2009.

“This investment is possible because of the cooperation between GM, the Warren community and the Michigan Economic Growth Authority,” said Kline. “We truly appreciate the support we received from the mayor and city council in Warren, as well as the state of Michigan. We think the result is a win for everybody involved.”

About General Motors - General Motors (NYSE: GM, TSX: GMM), one of the world’s largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 202,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in more than 120 countries. GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 30 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Daewoo, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall, and Wuling. GM’s largest national market is China, followed by the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, and Italy. GM’s OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services.

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