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Agero to open call center in Clarksville-Montgomery County Tennessee bringing with it 500 new Jobs

 

Operations to Begin October 29th

Clarksville Area Chamber of CommerceClarksville, TN – The Medford, Massachusetts based company, Agero, a global leader in driver assistance services and vehicle connectivity innovation, announced today that they have selected Clarksville, Tennessee as the next site for its sixth North American driver assistance call and data response center.

“I am excited to welcome Agero to our state and look forward to watching the company grow in Tennessee,” Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam said. “In creating our economic development strategies last year, we found Tennessee held a unique advantage in the ‘business services’ cluster, which includes call centers, and this announcement exemplifies a promising future for our state’s economic growth.”

The decision comes after a 16 month search for a new contact center. The search included a thorough evaluation of more than 20 qualified locations. Earlier this year, Agero executives announced that they were focusing their efforts on two finalist locations, Florence, SC and Clarksville, TN.

“This is great news for Montgomery County and the state of Tennessee,” said Commissioner Bill Hagerty. “The available sites and exceptional workforce in the area made Clarksville the perfect choice for Agero to locate its new facility, and we appreciate the company’s investment in our state. Agero’s choice also underscores Tennessee’s strength in the business services industry – a rapidly growing sector where Tennessee’s unique competitive advantages are strong.”

Dr. Linda Rudolph, Chairman of the Clarksville-Montgomery County Industrial Development Board (IDB) stated, “Agero’s announcement is a prime example of the value the Economic Development Council, the Industrial Development Board, the Aspire Foundation and our City and County leadership place on aggressively recruiting new jobs for our community and creating an incentives model that fit the requirements for incoming industries.”

The facility will be located in FRE Resource’s 53,000 square-foot spec building, which resides in the expanded portion of the Clarksville-Montgomery County Corporate Business Park at 2971 International Boulevard. Agero is slated to occupy the building by October 15th with operations under way by October 29th of this year. The $8.2 million call center will eventually create 500 jobs for Clarksville-Montgomery County, with 250 being hired by the end of 2012 and the remaining 250 hired in 2013.

The Clarksville center, which will incorporate state-of-the-art contact center technology, will be comparable in size to Agero’s other five response centers located in Canada, Texas, Arizona and Florida. The new operation is projected within its first year to handle more than 2 million calls annually from drivers requesting roadside assistance.

“Agero selecting Clarksville-Montgomery County as its next location is exciting news for our ever-growing community,” said James Chavez, President and CEO of the Clarksville-Montgomery County Economic Development Council (EDC). “One of the key factors that helped support their location decision was Agero’s ability to visit with job seekers and create a strong understanding of our qualified and available work force.”

Agero had an overwhelming response to the job fair it held in January, with over 1,500 applicants attending to be prescreened for various positions, including call center operators, trainers and managers. In addition, the availability of office space was a critical requirement and advances their ability to get new operations into the marketplace quickly.

“We are extremely pleased that Agero has chosen to join our business community. They have a long-standing reputation for quality service and will offer good job opportunities to the citizens of Montgomery County,” said Montgomery County Mayor Carolyn Bowers.

“I want to congratulate our economic development team who, once again, prove what cooperation and teamwork can do.  Bringing new jobs and a developing industry to our area is certainly good for our citizens and I know that Agero will find a willing, able, dedicated and extremely talented workforce in Clarksville,” said Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan, when asked about Agero’s decisions to locate in the community.

Sandra Savage, Agero’s vice president of Human Resources, said the company would probably start evaluating job candidates in July with new-hire training slated to begin October 15th.

Clarksville applicants should send their resumes to resumeclarksville@agero.com. Applicants who participated at the job fair that Agero conducted earlier in the year do not need to reapply.

“This announcement means the creation of a significant number of jobs for the people of Clarksville-Montgomery County and will have a long-term positive effect on the economic landscape of this community,” said Mike Evans, Executive Director of the Clarksville-Montgomery County IDB.

About Agero

AgeroAgero is one of the largest providers of roadside assistance in the U.S. and Canada, with a network of more than 30,000 service providers serving a customer base of 75 million vehicle owners through plans provided by approximately 30 insurance carriers and about a dozen automobile manufacturers, as well as several wireless carriers and motor clubs. For more information, visit www.agero.com.

About the Clarksville-Montgomery Economic Development Council

The Clarksville-Montgomery County EDC is a private, non-profit economic development umbrella organization that provides staffing and management, and a unified direction for the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce, Clarksville-Montgomery County Industrial Development Board and the Clarksville-Montgomery County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The Clarksville-Montgomery County EDC’s mission is to develop, coordinate, and implement a comprehensive marketing plan relating to economic development in Montgomery County and to further and advance the general welfare and economic prosperity of Clarksville-Montgomery County and the surrounding trade area.


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