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.