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Telemarketing company to hire 200 workers



(June 1) Civic Development Group, a New Jersey headquartered telemarketing company with several sites in West Virginia, will open a new business in Clarksburg and hire 200 employees.

Company, state and city officials will gather at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Rosebud Plaza off U.S. Route 19 to announce the new venture, according to a company spokesman.

The company, which employs between 1,500 and 2,000 people at sites in Wellsburg, Parkersburg and Huntington, will also be opening a site in Charleston. The company is also looking at locating in Elkins.

"We've just found it easy to find labor in West Virginia," said Chester Wojcik, vice president of business development for the company.

The company is known for expanding its operations once it locates in an area, and Wojcik said a good possibility exists for quick expansion at the Rosebud site. The company is locating in the former Childers furniture store, beside the Family Dollar store.

The company will pay a starting salary of about $7 an hour and will offer full benefits, according to a Bell Atlantic spokesman. About 95 percent of the people will be hired full-time, but there will be some part-time employment.

Civic is a full-service telemarketing company, serving customers ranging from credit card companies to cellular phone companies. The company needed a new facility that could be opened quickly for a new contract the firm obtained, officials said.

The furniture store, which offered thousands of square feet of open space, was a quick conversion and fit into the company's plans, Wojcik said.

Farley said the company will fit well into Harrison County economic development plans.

"These are more of the basic jobs we speak about," Farley said. Farley said the area's number of possible employees, the availability of the existing building and a developer who could convert the building in 60 days helped the authority land the new business.

Richard Green is the developer at Rosebud Plaza. Dominick Policano owns the property.

The local job service will handle hiring for the company. The company will announce when hiring begins. A date has yet to be set.

Those attending Monday's event will include Dennis Bone, president and chief executive officer of Bell Atlantic-West Virginia; Ray Farley, executive director of the Harrison County Development Authority; and Clarksburg Mayor Louis Iquinto.

The Office of the Future, a partnership between Bell Atlantic and the state, and the Harrison County Development Authority worked together to lure the company to the plaza.