GM Welcomes Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan To Detroit’s GM Renaissance Center

DETROIT – General Motors employees and other tenants of the GM Renaissance Center will share the complex that dominates the city’s skyline with employees of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan starting next year.

GM Welcomes Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan To Detroit’s GM Renaissance Center

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to move some 3,000 employees to Detroit
  • Occupancy of Detroit’s premier riverfront office complex to exceed 90 percent

DETROIT – General Motors employees and other tenants of the GM Renaissance Center will share the complex that dominates the city’s skyline with employees of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan starting next year.

BCBS announced today that it will move approximately 3,000 employees from Southfield, Mich., to Detroit starting in 2011.

“This is great news for the GM Renaissance Center and great news for Wayne County and the City of Detroit,” said Ed Whitacre, GM chairman and CEO. “We made the Renaissance Center our global headquarters because GM believes in Detroit, and it is clear that our friends at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan share that commitment.”

Approximately 5,000 employees supporting GM operations currently reside at the GM Renaissance Center, which is GM’s global headquarters.  Other major tenants include Ally Financial, Dykema Gosset, Urban Science, Marsh, HP, Deloitte, and Pepper Hamilton.  The addition of BCBS employees will bring occupancy of the complex to more than 90 percent.

GM purchased the Renaissance Center in 1996, and following extensive renovations, moved its global headquarters to the Renaissance Center from the New Center area of Detroit.  The complex first opened for business in 1976.

“The GM Renaissance Center is an attractive place to work with many amenities,” said John K. Blanchard, executive director, worldwide real estate for GM.  “It has many restaurants and shops, a fitness center, a day care center, and a beautiful riverfront with a river walk and other public spaces.

“On behalf of all the tenants and merchants downtown, we are excited to welcome Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan to the GM Renaissance Center.

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About General Motors:  General Motors, one of the world’s largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908.  With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 205,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in some 157 countries.  GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 31 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands:  Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Daewoo, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling.  GM’s largest national market is the United States, followed by China, Brazil, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Italy.  GM’s OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services.  General Motors acquired operations from General Motors Corporation on July 10, 2009, and references to prior periods in this and other press materials refer to operations of the old General Motors Corporation.  More information on the new General Motors can be found at www.gm.com.

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