GE to add R&D center, employ over 1,000 in Michigan

Posted on June 29, 2009. Filed under: research & development, the economy | Tags: |

GE announced today it would be adding a 5th R&D center to its roster, this one in the Visteon Village site of Van Buren Township, Michigan.  The Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Software Center reportedly will employ an estimated 1100 scientisits, engineers, and technologists.   Work will include development of  next generation manufacturing technologies for renewable energy, aircraft engine, gas turbine, and other high-tech products, as well as software development, data architecture, networking, business intelligence, and program management.

Prior to opening the Center, GE will be providing employment for the local construction trades to build a $100 million, 100,000 square foot building on the site.

All of this is good news for Michigan, hit hard by the auto industry’s troubles.  The location has an auto industry connection as well.  Visteon Village (25 miles from Detroit) was developed in 2002 by Visteon Corporation, an auto parts supplier that had spun off from Detroit a few years earlier. It is still Visteon Corp’s. headquarters.

Michigan is reportedly providing $60 million in incentives over the next twelve years to support the center.  Certainly the state hopes and expect this move by GE will make a significant contribution to its efforts to diversify its economy into new high-paying industries. –nks

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