Customer support center to bring 665 jobs to Myrtle Beach area

A global provider of business process outsourcing services will bring 665 jobs over five years in a $10 million investment to a site near Myrtle Beach.

Startek Inc. will locate its new customer support center in a leased 50,000-square-foot facility at Towne Center in the Carolina Forest section of Horry County between Conway and Myrtle Beach.

The company is expected to generate an annual economic impact of more than $45 million, according to studies by economists at Coastal Carolina University.

During construction of the new building, the company will operate and conduct employee training in a temporary space provided by Horry-Georgetown Technical College's Grand Strand Campus. Completion of the new facility is scheduled for fall 2014.

"Our continued growth and our entry into the healthcare industry were all factors in our decision to choose Myrtle Beach for our new expansion," said Chad Carlson, president and CEO of Startek. "The workforce, the welcoming business climate and the location matched our requirements."

Factors that contributed to the company's site location decision included the quantity and quality of the area workforce, proximity to training resources at Horry-Georgetown Technical College, telecommunications infrastructure in the area and the quality of life in the Myrtle Beach area.

"The best resource we have here in South Carolina is our people, which is why we excel in delivering quality customer service," said Gov. Nikki Haley.

The company will begin hiring team members next month. For those interested in jobs with Startek Inc., go to http://www.STARTEK.com/careers to apply.

Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or twitter.com/warrenlancewise.

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