US – The investment until 2018 will involve significant renovation of existing facilities and expansion of operations at the site, which opened in 1956. Around 2,600 new jobs will be created in core areas such as product engineering, IT and design; the current workforce numbers 19,000.
The investment involves: the construction of new design studios, an IT building and extra testing areas at the Advanced Energy Center; the rebuilding and renovation of certain R&D facilities; and the reconfiguration of workspaces in most Tech Center buildings. GM already assigned $139.5m for bodyshop and stamping facility upgrades at its Warren pre-production operations as part of a $5.4 billion investment in US plants which was announced in April.
“This is an investment in our people who work at the Tech Center because it is positioning the company for long-term growth by enabling new levels of innovation and collaboration into our workplace,” said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice-president, Global Product Development and Purchasing and Supply Chain.