US automotive manufacturing giant General Motors has announced plans to spend $130 million on a new data centre in Michigan.
The data centre, which is due for completion in 2015, will be built according to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDS) efficiency standard. The company says it will cut energy consumption by 40%.
"This new facility and other GM data centres around the world support the tools the company needs to design, build and sell the world’s best vehicles through digital applications enabling all business functions,” said CIO Terry Kline.
The facility will be built on the site of a former GM administrative building, located in the city of Warren. Earlier this year, GM received a $10 million tax incentive from its native state to develop its Warren site, as well as a $9.9 million tax ‘abatement’ over the next 12 years.
The data centre is expected to create 25 new jobs. According to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, these jobs will pay around $44 (£27) an hour.