Tech Development Center Opens in Jackson


The Michigan Technology Development Center, which has hired 120 professionals across Michigan and expects to employ 300 by the end of 2014, formally opened on Monday. The complex, a partnership between India-based HCL Technologies and Jackson-based Consumers Energy, allows the two companies to collaborate on various innovative IT initiatives.

“Together, HCL and Consumers Energy will use this center to expand our business and to provide our current and new employees with the necessary IT skills and resources to work on high value projects and technologies for years to come,” says Mamatha Chamarthi, vice president and CIO of Consumers Energy.

While Consumers Energy is HCL’s anchor client at this location, Brian Wheeler, a spokesman for the utility company, says the IT company will be working with other clients throughout Michigan as well.

Located on Washington Avenue inside the Commonwealth Commerce Center, the new initiative will house application and infrastructure-related operations for HCL’s North American and Latin American customer bases.

In addition, the center will provide employees with training and development for advanced and emerging next-generation IT technologies including cloud computing, mobility, and smart products.

Gov. Rick Snyder said the facility is an example of growth in high-tech jobs. “Technology is playing a larger role in our state’s economy every day and investments, such as this one by HCL, are helping to keep Michigan moving forward in this crucial area.”

In September 2012, HCL, in collaboration with Microsoft and Boeing, opened an engineering and delivery center in Redmond, Wash. 

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