General Motors will recruit several hundred technology-oriented jobs at this Chandler facility.

In a surprise reversal, General Motors said it will close its Arizona technology center and lay off 936 workers — about 18 months after it had planned to hire several hundred more at the Chandler facility.

The automaker announced the layoffs on August 23 by filing a WARN, or Employee Adjustment and Retraining Notification, with the state. GM opened the facility in 2014.

The notice caught Chandler officials, who earlier promised to expand the facilityoff guard.

“This announcement came as a complete surprise,” said Micah Miranda, Chandler’s director of economic development.

“We have recently been working with their local team on higher-education partnerships, mentorship and a promotional video highlighting the Chandler Price Corridor,” he said in a statement. “With this unfortunate news, we plan to work closely with our workforce-development partners to assist with employment opportunities for those affected.”

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