Texas Gov. Rick Perry joined CGI to break ground for the company’s Belton, Texas-based information technology services delivery facility.
The company said it is investing $7 million to build the 40,000-square-foot Onshore IT Services Delivery Center and received a $180,924 grant from the Texas Skills Development Fund Grant.
CGI President of U.S. Operations George Schindler said the center will create job opportunities for veterans in the Belton region and could also help U.S. companies keep their IT operations at home.
The company began Belton-based operations in November and has more than 35 employees operating out of temporary space, according to the company. The company said the new facility will create 350 jobs and has set a hiring target of up to 400 new jobs.
The center will generate $61 million of annual economic impact within the first five years of operations, the company said.
Perry said CGI’s expansion was a natural fit with the state’s steadily-growing high-tech economy and commitment to retuning veterans. The facility will be close to Fort Hood, helping many veterans to resume careers or start new ones and grow the state’s economy, Perry said.
The Belton delivery center is the company’s third onshore center. CGI has centers in Troy, Ala. and Lebanon, Va., which employ more than 650 employees together. The company said it plans to add an additional 100 jobs by the end of the year.
To fill jobs at the new Belton center, the company will recruit military family members, veterans and local talent from a system of colleges and universities.