GM Tech Center nears full operation while pumps run

The sun was shining on GM's Tech Center this morning while flood water was still being pumped out of some buildings.

DETROIT -- General Motors’ Technical Center is nearly back to full operations after Monday’s record rainfall in Detroit caused flooding and power issues.

In the wake of a storm that poured as much as 4.57 inches of rain on southeast Michigan, GM closed the site Tuesday in Warren, Mich., north of Detroit, and notified 19,000 employees and contractors to work from home. Company spokeswoman Katie McBride said 15,000 of the Tech Center’s staff are on site today.

Mark Reuss, GM’s global product chief, said this morning that several buildings on the site are still being pumped out, The Wall Street Journal reported.

McBride said employees have been working remotely during the past two days, either from home or other GM sites such as the Renaissance Center headquarters.

Customer satisfaction, engineering, r&d, design and information technology operations are housed on the Tech Center’s 330-acre campus.

No other GM properties in the region were affected by the weather.

Tech Center employees began returning to the site for the second shift on Tuesday, and more were called in Wednesday morning. By Wednesday, 10,000 employees and contract team members returned to the offices, and an additional 5,000 returned today.

“Our focus was to get buildings up and running that were customer-based,” McBride said. “Customers rely on data from us. Those buildings were up and running on all three shifts starting Wednesday afternoon.”

McBride said some of the reopened buildings are still undergoing basement repairs, but are otherwise fully operational.

She said the r&d and design buildings were still closed for flooding and power repairs.

“We’re taking it day by day,” McBride said. “We’re hoping to open up the remaining buildings as soon as possible but we are still working through some issues.”

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