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General Electric Co. plans to open an advanced manufacturing technology and software center in Michigan. The center is expected to grow to more than 1,100 GE employees over the next few years.

The Advanced Manufacturing and Software Technology Center will include a GE research and development facility that will be part of GE's global research network. It will house scientists and engineers who will develop next-generation manufacturing technologies for GE's renewable energy, aircraft engine, gas turbine and other high-technology products. Such work will include development of composites, machining, inspection, casting and coating technologies for GE's aviation and energy businesses.

The site will also house GE experts in software development, data architecture, networking, business intelligence and program management. They will develop software to support GE's business operations for several advanced technologies, such as the smart grid. The site also will serve as a training hub for GE information technology professionals.

The center, which is expected to open later this year, will be located at the Visteon Village site in Van Buren Township, which is about 25 miles from Detroit.

"Michigan is a great location for a technology center because of its world-class engineering, technical talent and public officials who understand that investing now will create tomorrow's leading positions in information technology, clean energy and transportation," says Jeff Immelt, GE's chairman and CEO.

The research and development facility will be housed in a new $100 million, 100,000 square-foot building that GE will construct on the site. The software and IT employees will be located in existing office space.

The state of Michigan is providing more than $60 million in incentives over the next 12 years to support the center. GE expects to partner with local universities on training programs for its employees at the center.

SOURCE: General Electric Co.

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