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Local firm filling 50 positions

by Paul Darst

STAFF WRITER

CLARKSBURG -- During the next couple of weeks, InfoCision Management Corp. officials will search for 40 new employees.

The telephone marketing firm Tuesday officially announced the creation of a new Christian Fund-raising Call Center at its location in the Palace Center Building in Clarksburg.

Already, the firm has hired about a dozen people to work in the expansion, its fourth since coming to Harrison County in May 1999, said Steven Brubaker, senior vice president for telephone marketing operations.

"Here we go again," Brubaker told a crowd of local officials and InfoCision employees during an open house Tuesday. "We're excited to announce this expansion, which will bring 50 new jobs to the Clarksburg area."

The new center focuses on raising money for Christian organizations and religious charities, Brubaker said.

It offers a close-knit working environment, said Bert Turner, director of Christian telemarketing for the company.

"We pray together several times a day focusing on our needs and the needs of those on the phones," he said.

The 12 already hired started making calls from the new center in January, Brubaker said. Once the additional workers are hired, InfoCision will employ about 300 people in Clarksburg, with an estimated $1 million in salaries for the area.

With four expansions since the company arrived in town, the Clarksburg location has grown at a faster rate than any other InfoCision center, Brubaker said.

He credits the community for that growth rate.

"The support of the community is what has made us successful," he said.

That kind of support from the community and from the InfoCision workforce stands as an example of what Harrison County has to offer, said Don Molter, immediate past president of the Harrison County Development Authority, which helped bring the firm to the area.

When companies considering relocating to this area see how InfoCision has expanded, and hear about the high quality of its employees, selling the county is made much easier, Molter said.

InfoCision now has 14 calls centers in six locations with a total workforce of more than 2,200.

Staff writer Paul Darst can be reached at 626-1404 or by e-mail at pdarst@exponent-telegram.com.

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