General Motors will hire approximately 1,000 high-tech workers to staff its new $26 million Information Technology Innovation Center in Roswell, Georgia, an Atlanta suburb.
The automaker, which will purchase a 228,000-square-foot former UPS facility on Warsaw Road, said it needs software developers, project managers, database experts, business analysts and other IT professionals for its third of four centers in the United States.
"Locating this center in Atlanta makes good business sense," said GM Chief Information Officer Randy Mott . "We can draw from a deep pool of high tech expertise through the surrounding colleges, universities and talent residing in the area."
Mott is leading a rebalancing of information technology at GM under which the majority of IT work will be done by GM employees instead of being outsourced. "We look to the Innovation Centers to design and deliver IT that drives down the cost of ongoing operations while continuously increasing the level and speed at which innovative products and services are available to GM customers," Mott said. "The IT Innovation Centers are critical to our overall GM business strategy and IT transformation."
“I am immensely proud that our bright university students as well as our skilled veteran workforce are attracting innovative multinational companies such as General Motors to Georgia,” said Nathan Deal. “As a workforce-rich, technology-focused state, Georgia has attracted a cluster of such global innovation centers, and is ideally suited to helping GM achieve its business goals. GM’s strategic decision to locate here moves us closer to becoming the No. 1 place in the nation in which to business. ”
GM already has hired more than 700 IT specialists to work at the Innovation Centers in Austin, Texas, and Warren, Michigan.
"This Innovation Center is exactly the kind of employer we want in the state," said Deal . "The information age will be with us for a long time, and attracting companies such as GM that are on the cutting edge of manufacturing and technology is a huge win for Georgia." While information on incentives offered the firm was not immediately available, the Governor’s office said the Georgia Department of Economic Development partnered with the city of Roswell to assist GM with its location.