New England Council member General Electric’s new headquarters in Boston won’t be the only new offices in New England for the company. Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and GE executives recently announced that the company plans to open a GE digital information technology center in Providence.
The digital center will employ 100 people when it opens, but leaders anticipate that that number will increase dramatically as time goes on. Employees in the Providence office will work on GE’s Industrial Internet of Things platform, which uses sensors and software to control, monitor, and improve large machines and equipment. Most of the employees at the center will be engineers and data scientists, as well as data and information technology professionals and almost all will be new GE hires. A location in Providence for the center hasn’t been announced yet, but the GE hopes to have it up and running early next year.
“We needed a place that had a strong tech talent pipeline, top-tier university partnership opportunities and great quality of life,” said GE chief technology officer Chris Drumgoole. “With its unique location along the northeast corridor, Rhode Island gives us access to many of the assets we need for success.”
The New England Council congratulates General Electric on its ongoing growth in New England and around the world.