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General Motors Expanding U.S. Design Center

Company readying for mobility design needs.

by on Aug.30, 2017

General Motors is adding 360,000 square feet of new space to its design center in metro Detroit.

General Motors plans to alter the character of its iconic design center by adding a 360,000-square-foot studio expansion on the campus of the GM Technical Center in suburban Detroit.

The expansion is part of $1 billion investment in GM’s Global Technical Center, a National Historic Landmark site, in Warren, Michigan, GM officials said. The expansion will basically encircle the Design Dome designed by Eero Saarinen in the early 1950s and its hidden courtyard with new studios and offices, GM said.

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The new design digs will focus on GM’s future mobility efforts, the company noted. (more…)

GM Tech Center Named Historic Landmark

Campus premier example of Eero Saarinen’s work.

by on Aug.11, 2015

The GM Tech Center in Warren, Michigan, was named a National Historic Landmark.

The storied home of General Motors design and technical staffs in suburban Detroit has earned a new honor: historic landmark.

The National Park Service has designated GM’s 326-acre Tech Center in Warren, Michigan, as a National Historic Landmark complete with own special plaque and white granite marker to note the special designation.

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The Park Service selected the campus for the honor because it possesses “national significance as one of the most important works of famed architect Eero Saarinen,” who also designed the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and the main terminal at Dulles International Airport outside Washington D.C as well as several other prominent buildings erected during the post-World War II era. (more…)

GM Invests $1 Bil to Speed Product Development

Sixty-year-old tech center getting first-ever overhaul.

by on May.14, 2015

Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president for global product development, discusses the changes coming to the automaker's tech center.

The need to speed up the product development cycles helped expedite the big automaker’s decision to spend $1 billion dollars to rebuild and refurbish the company’s aging technical center in Warren, Michigan, a Detroit suburb.

Mark Reuss, GM vice president for product development, noted the Technical Center was 60 years old and had never undergone a complete renovation. However, GM now has the resources to plan for the future, he said. The last major addition to the Technical Center, the Vehicle Engineering Center of VEC, was completed more than 10 years ago.

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“For awhile, we were just putting out fires,” said Reuss in an oblique reference to the company’s financial crisis and bankruptcy during the previous decade. (more…)

General Motors Investing $1 Bil at Tech Center

Automaker to drop $5.4 billion in site upgrades over three years.

by on May.14, 2015

GM plans to spend as much as $1 billion on upgrades and improvements to its technical center near Detroit.

General Motors continues to plow cash into its facilities as part of a $5.4 billion investment plan announced last month, the maker unveiled plans to spend as much as $1 billion to upgrade and expand its Technical Center in Warren, Michigan.

Construction on the 326-acre campus will begin next month and is expected to be complete in 2018.

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“This is an investment in our people who work at the Tech Center because it is positioning the company for long-term growth by enabling new levels of innovation and collaboration into our workplace,” said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president, Global Product Development and Purchasing and Supply Chain. (more…)

GM Spending $1B on Expansion of Tech Center

Project expected to add 2,500 jobs by 2020.

by on Apr.10, 2015

GM is investing $1 billion into an expansion of its 330-acre Tech Center in Warren, Michigan.

One reason General Motors was guarding its stash of cash against the advice of activist investors is becoming very clear: the automaker plans to expand its facilities.

Just after it was revealed that the company plans a $1.2 billion expansion of a plant in Texas, it appears GM will spend another $1 billion to grow its Tech Center campus in Warren, Michigan, a suburb north of Detroit.

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The plan was referenced by Warren Mayor Jim Fouts during his State of the City speech yesterday. (more…)

GM Tech Center Still Reeling from Flooding

R&D and Design operations hard hit.

by on Aug.21, 2014

The GM Tech Center was one of the premier projects of architect Eero Saarinen.

General Motor Co. is still struggling to get its huge, suburban Detroit technical center back in operation 10 days after it was flooded by a huge storm that dumped more some five inches of rain on the Motor City.

The rain and flooding, which claimed three lives in the Detroit area, also forced GM, Ford Motor Co. and the Chrysler Group to shut down production at some key plants around Detroit.

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But the largest disruption was at the General Motors Technical Center in the suburb of Warren, which is normally home to more than 19,500 full-time employees and contractors. Almost all of them were forced to abandon their work stations in the immediate aftermath of the flooding, which began during the late afternoon and early evening of Monday, August 11 when what has been described as a 100-year storm hammered the city.


GM Using “Voice of Customer” to Transform Product Development Process

"Customer Engagement Centers" aim to resolve problems on current, future models.

by on Mar.12, 2013

GM's quality and service chief Alicia Boler-Davis wants to use the "voice of the customer" to both solve current problems and prevent issues on future models.

General Motors plans to use customers’ comments — and complaints — to guide the company’s designers and engineers as they develop new products.

That will be a critical role for the new “Customer Engagement Center” at the company’s chief technical center in Warren, Michigan. The new initiative is also designed to improve the customer experience for GM owners by staffing the new Engagement Center with advisors trained to reach out to new owners to answer questions and to resolve most issues on the spot.

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“We’re not waiting for customers to come to us,” said Alicia Boler-Davis, vice president of Global Quality and U.S. Customer Experience. “We proactively reach out to offer support and open a dialogue with our Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac customers. This includes our social media team interacting on Facebook, Twitter and popular vehicle forums to offer assistance.”


GM Leads in Clean Energy Patents

But competition is fierce.

by on Apr.18, 2011

Researcher Vikrant Gokhale in the midst of advanced development work.

General Motors has received more clean-energy patents in the past year than any other organization, according to a new study.

New data from the Clean Energy Patent Growth Index of U.S. patents released Friday indicated GM’s 135 patents represent nearly 14% of the total 1,881 received by 700 organizations around the United States, which isn’t too bad for a “clueless, lumbering giant,” as some have dubbed the maker.

“U.S. clean-energy patents were at an all-time high in 2010,” said Victor Cardona, co-chairman of the Cleantech Group, at the Albany, N.Y., law firm of Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti, which specializes in intellectual property and publishes the Index.

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“GM has clearly put forth a lot of effort in a range of clean-energy technologies, resulting in its appearance at the top of the list for the first time,” he said.

GM’s patents covered hybrid electric vehicles, fuel cells and solar energy, and focus on improvements to current and future technologies.