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Consumers Energy Creating Michigan Technology Development Center

HCL America, Inc. and Consumers Energy will collaborate on a new "Glocal" Center of Excellence called the Michigan Technology Development Center. The Center will be located at the Commonwealth Commerce Center in downtown Jackson, Michigan.

As part of the agreement, HCL expects to hire local technology professionals and create 300 professional technology positions during phase one of the MTDC opening. The MTDC also will be a designated training and development hub for advanced and emerging IT processes, tools and will work with local universities and colleges. The center will also establish a learning academy to train Consumers Energy employees on advanced and emerging technologies, and will be further expanded to accommodate 500 technology professionals in the next few years.

The two companies entered into an agreement with the objective of improving operational excellence through advanced technological operations and processes and provide significant benefits to the mid-Michigan and Jackson economies. The agreement will significantly increase Michigan's IT capacity, while improving employment prospects for IT graduates from Michigan universities and colleges. It will also serve as a leading example of Michigan's new, successful economic policies.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the City of Jackson, the Jackson Enterprise Group and the Commonwealth Commerce Center all provided substantial assistance in supporting HCL's decision to locate in Jackson, a prime central Michigan location in close proximity to many Michigan universities and colleges.

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