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Posted on Tue, Apr 24, 2012 : 6:26 p.m.

General Electric to hire an additional 300 employees at Van Buren Township research center

By Lizzy Alfs

Related story: General Electric’s ‘reinvestment’ in Michigan adds 850 jobs to Van Buren Township

General Electric is one-upping its own hiring goal.

The company — which opened its 200,000-square-foot Advanced Manufacturing and Software Technology Center in Van Buren Township in 2009 — originally planned to hire 1,100 people to work at the center.


General Electric plans to bring the job total to 1,400 at its Van Buren Township center.

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With 850 employees already hired, the company announced this week it plans to bring the job total to 1,400.

The additional hires will be in the research and information technology fields.

The company also announced it plans to expand its summer internships and co-ops for college students by 25 percent, hiring roughly 110 students for summer assignments in Van Buren Township and several GE Aviation locations in Michigan.

Gov. Rick Snyder, in a release, called the news “not only a win for Michigan, but the nation as well.”

““GE and Michigan have a proud partnership, and are working to renew and strengthen our country's global competitiveness through innovation and manufacturing,” he continued. “The cutting-edge work that is taking place, as we continue the reinvention of Michigan, shows we mean business.”

The Van Buren Township facility— which is housed in the former Visteon Village complex— is GE’s largest single-site IT operation and it is primarily used by researchers and IT experts who develop software and data sharing systems that make GE technologies such as wind turbines, jet engines and even household appliances function more efficiently.

GE officials said at a news conference Monday that hiring is ahead of schedule at the center with a rate of two new people per day. Nearly 90 percent of the new hires are from Michigan.

Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at Follow her on Twitter at


Ron Granger

Wed, Apr 25, 2012 : 5:52 p.m.

A well timed PR piece, to coincide with outrage over the the scant taxes they pay on billions in profit.


Wed, Apr 25, 2012 : 8:03 p.m.

Ron Seems you have a problem with GE not paying enough taxes ( and I agree) while you have said gas is a bargain at $4 a gal in the US with no mention of their ability to dodge taxes 1) ExxonMobil made $19 billion in profits in 2009. Exxon not only paid no federal income taxes, it actually received a $156 million rebate from the IRS 2) Chevron received a $19 million refund from the IRS last year after it made $10 billion in profits in 2009. 3) Valero Energy, the 25th largest company in America with $68 billion in sales last year received a $157 million tax refund check from the IRS and, over the past three years, it received a $134 million tax break from the oil and gas manufacturing tax deduction. 4) ConocoPhillips, the fifth largest oil company in the United States, made $16 billion in profits from 2007 through 2009, but received $451 million in tax breaks through the oil and gas manufacturing deduction.


Wed, Apr 25, 2012 : 1:09 a.m.

be nice if there was a link or info on how and where to apply


Wed, Apr 25, 2012 : 12:02 p.m.


Tue, Apr 24, 2012 : 11:31 p.m.

Thank you GE! We need the jobs and a large number of college students will appreciate the summer jobs.