GM opens fourth technology innovation center in Arizona
General Motors Co. said Friday it has officially opened its fourth information technology innovation center in Chandler, Ariz., a suburb of Phoenix.
GM said about 500 people are employed at the facility and 25 percent of them are recent college graduates. GM wants to boost employment at the Chandler innovation center to a total of 1,000 over the next five years.
The Detroit automaker has opened information technology innovation centers at its Warren Tech Center, in Austin, Texas, and Roswell, Ga., as part of its information technology overhaul.
GM is in-sourcing about 90 percent of its 10,000information technology workforce to boost innovation capabilities while also trimming costs. GM has hired 7,700 information technology workers, including 4,600 at innovation centers, GM spokeswoman Juli Huston-Rough said in an email. The initiative began in 2012.
“We have made significant progress transforming GM IT over the past 20 months,” Randy Mott, GM’s senior vice president of global information technology and chief information officer, said in a statement.
GM is nearly three-quarters complete in its hiring goal at the innovation centers and said it is more than halfway toward goals such as doubling the speed of delivering IT projects.
The company announced the Chandler location in March 2013 and construction on a 170,000-square-foot facility was finished in June. GM opened a temporary office there more than a year ago. GM at that time said the permanent facility would cost $21 million.