HCL Technologies and Consumers Energy Agreement Brings New Technology Center to Michigan
300 New Local Jobs to Be Created with Help from State of Michigan
SUNNYVALE, California and JACKSON, Michigan, May 11, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
HCL America, Inc., a wholly owned step-down subsidiary of HCL Technologies Ltd. (HCL)
[http://www.hcltech.com ], a leading global Information Technology (IT) services provider,
and Consumers Energy [http://www.consumersenergy.com ], the 4th-largest U.S. electric and
natural gas company, today announced that the two companies will collaborate on a new
"Glocal" Center of Excellence (GCoE) called the Michigan Technology Development Center
(MTDC). The Center will be located at the Commonwealth Commerce Center in downtown
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.
This agreement is the result of the Consumers Energy leadership's vision to embark on
a game-changing plan to move its IT department from a technology support role to
technology innovators - and will utilize HCL's expertise through its matured processes and
highly qualified employees. It will enable Consumers Energy's IT department to leverage
HCL's software solutions expertise to manage its existing operations, thereby allowing
Consumers Energy's many talented and knowledgeable employees to focus on innovative
assignments supporting business excellence for the utility. HCL is a recognized leader in
the energy and utilities sector with a proven track record of delivering IT enabled
industry targeted solutions.
"Our company is making this important investment to provide our employees with new IT
skills to work on high value projects and technologies that will prepare our company for
the future," said Mamatha Chamarthi, Vice President and Chief Information Officer of
Consumers Energy. "Through this center, HCL will provide IT operations for our company,
enabling our employees to move to innovative projects."
"HCL's expansion demonstrates that our economic gardening strategy is helping dynamic
companies to grow their presence in Michigan," said Governor Rick Snyder. "This investment
by HCL and continued commitment of Consumers Energy sends a message that will be heard
around the world that Michigan's highly competitive business climate and tremendous
workforce capabilities mean real opportunities for leading edge businesses."
"As a socially responsible organization, HCL will invest in developing the
next-generation workforce in Michigan by creating high-quality jobs in the industry and
the region," said Rajeev Sawhney, Corporate Vice President, HCL Technologies. "We look
forward to working with Consumers Energy on these strategic initiatives within its
organization and the region."
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.