May 11, 2007

Ho Hum Hiring Headline (051107)

Filed under: Business Moves,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:05 am

This goes back a bit, but it’s worth noting, because it’s another bust on the “call center industry is all going overseas” meme:

Call center will add 500 jobs by 2010

DALEVILLE, Ind. (AP) — IBM plans to hire 200 people this year and 300 more by 2010 as part of a $2.9 million call center it plans to open in the city.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and IBM representatives today announced the new center, which will be located in a former Burlington Motor Carriers building near Interstate 69.

….. As part of that contract, IBM agreed to create 1,000 new jobs in Indiana in addition to its work with the state’s Family and Social Services Administration, said Mitch Frazier, a spokesman for the Indiana Economic Development Corp.

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2 Comments

  1. meanwhile, IBM is laying off 1300 employees elsewhere:
    http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/newstex/AFX-0013-16392735.htm

    Oh, and then there’s this:
    http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/2007/pulpit_20070504_002027.html

    I’m all for reporting good economic news, and I love your blog, but IBM is a different story.

    Comment by tub — May 12, 2007 @ 10:17 am

  2. #1, thanks for the context. Overall point is that IBM’s layoffs are relatively well known and their hires aren’t.

    If your comeback argument is that the call center folks aren’t going to be apid like techs and that their numbers are smaller, I won’t disagree with you.

    I believe that IBM’s promise to create 1000 jobs needs to be monitored, because governments have not been especially good at that in the past.

    For what it’s worth, I also believe that they shouldn’t have been allowed to sell their PC division to the Red Chinese. A real company, sure; a surrogate nationalized company, no. It’s been a while, but I’ve posted several times on the pretending to be independent businesses of the Chicoms.

    Comment by TBlumer — May 12, 2007 @ 10:59 am

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