General Motors has poured the first set of concrete to build its $258 million Enterprise Data Center in Milford, Michigan on Friday — marking the official commencement of the facility’s construction. The center in Milford will join a companion location in Warren, Michigan some 40 miles East. The value of IT equipment at the Milford location is estimated to be $158 million, while that of real estate and physical office space, among other things, is $100 million ($258 total).
Both the Warren and Milford IT Centers will provide high-power computing functions to GM and will contain much of the same equipment, material, and technology while consolidating The General’s current network of 23 data centers (operated by GM and three information technology suppliers around the world) into the two locations. The move is part of GM’s broader global IT overhaul that will also result in the opening of four new IT innovation centers leading to the creation of 4,000 high-tech IT jobs in the United States.
A brief ceremony to commemorate the beginning of construction of the Milford Data Center was held at the site and was attended by GM and Milford Township officials.