LEDA announces over 200 new jobs

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Updated: 4/16/2013 5:35 am
Over 200 new job opportunities will be coming to Lubbock as a result of the expansion of one local business and relocation of another to the Lubbock community.

According to LEDA, the jobs created from these projects equal more than $7 million in annual salaries with a capital investment of more than $5.8 million.

Las Vegas based Custom Teleconnect, a full service operator service provider, is expanding its current Lubbock location. Custom Teleconnect CEO Michael Curry said the company outsources operator service for major telecommunication companies in the US. 

Curry said when looking to expand in different cities, he looks at many factors, such as local economy, weather, and transportation.

Curry said when he reached out to Lubbock, he was impressed with what the city had to offer.

"I wasn't promised a lot of different things," he said, "I didn't have to listen to the typical sales process. We got right down to the brass tax." 

Curry said the presence of Texas Tech was also a deciding factor in coming to Lubbock.

"Having the young students here looking for part time work, that's a big help for us," he said, "because if we need to fill the night time hours at 2 'o clock to 4 'o clock in the morning we have that."

Curry said the Division for Blind Services has also been a blessing in disguise for the company, which employs visually impaired operators on the phone. 

"It's just fantastic," he said, "I have to tell you, I sit down and watch them work and they can do a better job than me on the phone and handle the pressure."

Republic National Distributing Company, a beverage and alcohol distribution business, plans to build a 125,000-square-foot facility at the Lubbock Business Park near the Preston Smith International Airport.

John Sterna, executive vice president of RNDC West Texas, said their business has grown, but the company now has a need to consolidate its Amarillo and Odessa warehouses into one regional warehouse.

"Obviously when you look at the location of Lubbock between those two major cities in West Texas," Sterna said, "it makes sense to locate and build a new facility here in Lubbock."

Sterna said he sees the warehouse being ready approximately a year from now and said they will be looking to employee nearly 100 people, with preference going first to employees relocating from Odessa and Amarillo.

"It'll be a warehouse," Sterna said, "so if people are familiar with distribution warehouses that'll be the type of work. We will need loaders and we will need drivers for the trucks that will be making the deliveries to the geographic areas out of this new regional warehouse."

Anyone seeking employment is encouraged to attend the South Plains Job Fair. The fair will be April 23rd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lubbock Civic Center.

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