DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- International Business Machines Corp. said Thursday it plans to open a technology service delivery center in Dubuque, Iowa, creating 1,300 jobs in the northeast part of the state.
Iowa Gov. Chet Culver is expected to join IBM and local officials at the announcement, which is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Grand River Center in Dubuque. Culver touted the announcement as a sign of a positive business climate in Iowa.
The new IBM facility will be located in the Dubuque Building, a downtown fixture that was built during the Great Depression and formerly housed Roshek's Department Store. IBM officials said they plan to upgrade the building with energy-efficient technology. The center will provide operational support, including maintenance and monitoring of computer hardware and software systems, to IBM clients in the U.S. and around the world.
IBM officials said they selected Dubuque because of the city's strong reputation as a place that values public-private partnerships.
IBM spokesman Jim Larkin said the company plans to employ several hundred people at the new facility by the end of the year. It hopes to have up to 1,300 employees in place by the end of 2010.
Tuesday, IBM said it plans to open a global delivery center on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich., bringing 100 new jobs to the state by June. That center will develop applications and provide support to help modernize older IT systems for governments, universities and other clients. IBM is based in Armonk, N.Y.
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