General Motors has opened an information technology center in Chandler, Arizona, near Phoenix. The company completed building the 170,000-square-foot IT center – its fourth one -- in June. The other three IT centers are located in Michigan, Texas and Georgia.
The facilities are part of GM’s bid to bring more r&d in-house. Randy Mott, GM’s senior vice president of global information technology, said in a statement, that they have made significant progress transforming GM IT over the past 20 months.
He noted that the success of the Chandler Innovation Center is another proof that illustrates the carmaker’s progress. The center is slated to house 1,000 full-time employees in the next five years.
The Chandler Innovation Center will initially employ 500 people, 25 percent of whom are recent college graduates. Mott remarked in a separate statement that they were surprised by the “overwhelming” interest shown from students seeking for a job at one of GM’s IT centers.
Most of Chandler’s new recruits are from Arizona institutions, like Arizona State University and University of Arizona.
"The official opening of the IT Innovation in Chandler and the creation of about 1,000 high-paying, skilled jobs is great news for the local economy,” said Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer. “Today’s event speaks volumes about the business-friendly environment we have created in Arizona, including our high-tech talent and competitive cost of operating. I could not be prouder of our state and what this announcement means for the future of Arizona’s economy.” [source: GM]