GM to Build $130m Enterprise Data Center in MI
The move will also expand and renovate a former administrative building. The construction and renovation of the final phase is expected to complete in 2015.
The investment is part of the $2 billion in US investment that GM has planned to invest for 17 facilities in eight states.
The new technical center is an energy-efficient, state-of-the-art information technology operations and command center that mainly strengthens GMâ€™s IT infrastructure, which reduces operating costs and cuts energy use by 40 percent.
The GM's new enterprise data center comprise of IT laboratories that serve as a heart for controlling its 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.
Terry Kline, vice president and chief information officer at GM, said: â€œThis new facility and other GM data centers around the world support the tools the company needs to design, build and sell the worldâ€™s best vehicles through digital applications enabling all business functions.
â€œThis investment is possible because of the cooperation between GM, the Warren community and the Michigan economic growth authority. 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.â€
In addition, GM has named Cynthia Brinkley as vice president of global human resources, effective July 1, 2011. Ms Brinkley will report to Dan Akerson, chairman and CEO of GM.
Previously, Ms Brinkley served as senior vice president of talent development/chief diversity officer responsible for identifying and developing future leaders, companywide training, employee engagement and diversity management at AT&T.
In her new role, Ms Brinkley will be responsible for the company's executive operations committee.
She succeeds Mary Barra who was named senior vice president of global product development.
Mr Akerson said: â€œCindy has a strong track record for driving business results and leading talent management. She is a well-rounded executive who brings strong human resources experience to our company. We are happy to have her join GM at this time.â€
With its global headquarters in Detroit, automaker 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.
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