GM To Add 500 IT Jobs In Texas

GM new jobs Texas

By Tom Krisher

DETROIT -- General Motors is opening a new computer center in Austin, Texas, where it plans to hire up to 500 people.

The automaker said Friday that it will hire software developers, project managers, database experts and business analysts to run the first of several information technology innovation centers that it plans to open in the U.S. GM said that it picked Austin because that city has a ready workforce with the skills that it's looking for. The Austin metropolitan area is home to a growing high-tech community that includes the University of Texas at Austin and computer maker Dell Inc.

The Austin center is the first of several that the company plans to open in the U.S.

General Motors Co. already has operations in Austin and has begun hiring, spokeswoman Julie Huston-Rough said. She could not say how many centers GM will open or if there will be layoffs elsewhere. Other sites have not yet been picked, she said.

The automaker planned to release more information on its plans during a conference call scheduled for Friday morning.

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GM says that its information technology innovation centers will help to get breakthrough ideas into the company's cars and trucks. It's also intended to improve GM's business processes and drive down costs.

"The next generation of IT workers, the talented visionaries we want contributing at the Innovation Center, are being trained at top computer science schools in Texas and surrounding states," GM Chief Information Officer Randy Mott said in a statement.

Huston-Rough says the new technology centers are separate from a GM plan now under way to consolidate its 23 global data centers into two, in an effort to cut costs and increase speed and efficiency.

GM shares rose 6 cents to $22.51 in premarket trading.

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GM is move automaker to china,
china make GM vehicles,
why why why why why do that,

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General Motors is becoming China Motors. Forget the spin. The evidence is clear and convincing. Did US taxpayers save GM for China ?

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September 10 2012 at 12:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


September 09 2012 at 11:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Big deal! WOW

September 09 2012 at 11:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

lol....500 jobs....and now GM is a hero company? Please enlighten me on how this pissing in the wind move is even news worthy let alone worthy of a single "real american" to support. GM (Going to Maosland"china") should be shut down. 500 JOBS....REALLY????

September 09 2012 at 10:16 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

It's because obama is buying all the cars for government! They would fail without the government crutch. They should fail and return to build better vehicles

September 09 2012 at 7:59 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

In my local newspaper, GM is adding 4 x 500 jobs in the US, but 8,000 (eight thousand) outside the United States. That means 80% of the jobs are offshore. This is really not as good a story as portrayed!!!

September 09 2012 at 7:59 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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All of these jobs are in the good ol' USA. Romney said we didn't need an American automobile industry; foreign cars would still be made here. But those same foreign car makers told Obama that they supported his plans to make loans to GM and Chrysler, because they used the same auto parts companies, and they would go out of business if GM and Chrysler went out of business.

Why would they go out of business? In an ordinary bankruptcy, other companies have the opportunities to pay off the debts of the bankrupt, and buy the company. There are often more than one business interested in buying the bankrupt, and the court chooses the best deal for the bankrupt, they pay off the debt to the degree possible, and the bankrupt is sold to the business who paid the debt.

The problem here was, there was NO private money to bid on GM. The only entity was the U.S. government. After discussion between GM, the unions, and the government, an agreement was made, GM was declared a bankrupt, debts were discharged, and the plan was put into effect. The government lent the money which has since been paid back with interest. The senior management was fired. The unions signed new contracts cutting pay and benefits a lot. New stock was issued and the U.S. bought a portion, which we are now selling a little at a time at a profit. GM was saved, over a million jobs were saved, plus the foreign car industry in the U.S.

Jobs ripple out from every business; that is true of GM and Chrysler which was sold to FIAT, and now making money and paying of their loan. It's hard to know how many jobs were saved, but we know many more have been created to serve the people who have the new jobs that have been created.

September 09 2012 at 10:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

GM has a company in Kokomo Indiana called General Motors Components Holdings LLC, they make circuit boards for cars. They hired temporary employees last year and still have not made them permanent. These employees have no vacation, personal time, benefits or share in the profits other than a paycheck with no word on whether or not they are going to be made permanent employees. These employees do get to pay monthly union dues, but have extremely limited union backing. But wow that is GREAT that GM can to this in Texas for them, just friggn great!! GO GM GO!!

September 09 2012 at 7:41 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

ya same ol same ol gm, this country was built on manuf., we need those jobs (the bulk of work, not the peanuts of soft ware which you will sell later).

September 09 2012 at 7:05 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Well thank god MITT wasn't president...

September 09 2012 at 4:38 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

What about the 1,000+ jobs created in Mexico? And $900 million?

General Motors has made a $420 million investment in its Mexico plants in Guanajuato and San Luis Potosi, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The investment is part of the $900 million total investment in Mexico real estate announced by GM in 2011 and part of the $5 billion already invested in Mexico over the last six years.

What about the $1.1 billion plant in China? And on the taxpayers' dime.

A bailed out General Motors expanded its small truck and SUV manufacturing in China soon after closing down similar facilities in Janesville, Wisconsin—the plant Barack Obama pledged to save and keep open for “another hundred years” in 2008.

GM has increased its manufacturing capacity in China by 55 percent since emerging from bankruptcy thanks to a $50 billion bailout from taxpayers. An important piece of that increased capacity has taken place in Changchun, Jilin Province in China.

September 09 2012 at 4:29 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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