General Motors said it opened its fourth information technology center today -- this one in Chandler, Ariz., near Phoenix.
Construction on the 170,000-square-foot IT center was completed in June. The site of the Arizona IT center was announced in March 2013.
GM’s three other IT centers are in Michigan, Texas and Georgia. The facilities are part of an initiative to bring more r&d in-house.
“We have made significant progress transforming GM IT over the past 20 months,” Randy Mott, GM’s senior vice president of global information technology, said in a statement. “The success of the Chandler Innovation Center is yet another important proof point that illustrates our progress.”
The center will employ 1,000 full-time workers over the next five years. The IT center is starting with a staff of 500 today, and 25 percent are recent college graduates.
Mott said in a separate statement that his team was surprised by the “overwhelming” interest shown from students looking to work at one of GM’s IT centers. Most of the college hires at Chandler are from Arizona institutions, including Arizona State University and University of Arizona.
“GM is targeting recruitment efforts at up to a dozen key universities within each geographic region,” Mott said in the statement.