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The US automaker looks set to rival Silicon Valley prowess with in house developments. The company just opened its fourth Information Technology Innovation Center in Chandler, Arizona.

Expecting to have a total of 1,000 employees at the facility within two years, General Motors is on its way to fully in-source the company’s innovation prowess, building a pool of experienced IT talent. The new facility joins the three other previous centers, located in Warren, Michigan; Austin, Texas; and Roswell, Georgia. It’s also the first Information Technology Center that has been built as a standalone center from the scratch.

“We have made significant progress transforming GM IT over the past 20 months,” says Randy Mott, senior vice president, Global Information Technology & chief information officer. “The success of the Chandler Innovation Center is yet another important proof point that illustrates our progress.”

“The official opening of the IT Innovation in Chandler and the creation of about 1,000 high-paying, skilled jobs is great news for the local economy,” added Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.

The Chandler Center started construction in March 2013, with the complex occupying a 170,000 square-foot space. So far, 500 employees have already been hired at the center, among them 25% being recent college graduates. The company said it expects to at least double its workforce capacity within the next two to five years.