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GM to Invest $1 Billion at Its Warren Technical Center

WARREN, Mich. – General Motors Co. announced Thursday that it will invest $1 billion in its Warren Technical Center campus, creating approximately 2,600 new jobs to support future business growth at the National Historic Landmark site.

The multiyear project includes new construction, renovations of some existing facilities and expansion of some operations. It begins this month with work continuing through 2018.

“This is an investment in our people, our products, and, ultimately, our customers, to make the Tech Center a more advanced, more efficient and more collaborative workplace,” said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president, Global Product Development and Purchasing and Supply Chain. “Developing a new vehicle is a total team effort, and every facet of this project will make us a stronger team.”

Under current plans, the investment will create salaried jobs in core areas such as product engineering, IT and design. GM’s Warren Technical Center is currently home to more than 19,000 employees.

Investment highlights include:

  • Construction of new design studios.
  • Construction of a parking deck for design employees.
  • Rebuilding and renovating some existing R&D facilities.
  • Construction of a multi-story IT building adjacent to the current Michigan IT Innovation Center. and a new parking deck for Innovation Center employees.
  • Construction to accommodate additional testing areas at the Advanced Energy Center.
  • Extensive office upgrades.

GM previously announced $139.5 million for body shop and stamping facility upgrades at its Warren Pre-Production Operations, part of a $5.4 billion investment in U.S. plants announced April 30.

“This is great news for Warren, the region and our state. It soundly demonstrates GM’s commitment to Michigan and our talented workforce, providing key jobs and career opportunities for today and tomorrow,” said Gov. Rick Snyder. “This is why we’ve focused so hard on creating the competitive economic climate for this kind of investment in our state that will keep our comeback going strong, making Michigan the place to live, work, do business, and play.”

Said Warren Mayor Jim Fouts: “I am very excited about the investment in the GM Tech Center in Warren, which means more jobs and new revenue for police and fire services. This growth has already resulted in proposals for new investments in our downtown, which is directly across the street from the Tech Center.”

Construction on the 326-acre Tech Center began in 1949, and it opened in 1956. The campus was named a National Historic Landmark in 2014. In 1986, the American Institute of Architects honored the Tech Center as the most outstanding architectural project of its era.

Pictured: GM is investing $1 billion into its Warren Technical Center. This investment will drive new construction and significant renovations.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.