New call center expected to bring jobs to Myrtle Beach

December 12, 2013 by  

In what is being described as a “huge Christmas present for the community” Horry County officials said they expect to be able to announce the opening of a new call center next week. The center will be located in Myrtle Beach and will bring 660 jobs with it.

The unnamed company is to start working in space at Horry Georgetown Technical College, then move to its own building, which will be built at SC 31 and International Drive.

Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corp.’s CEO, Brad Lofton, said the new arrival plans to invest $10m in the venture, $2 million in equipment for the building, and $8 million for the structure itself. County and state governments have approved incentives to make the location more attractive, and Horry County gave the green light to a wage variance that will allow the newcomer to offer jobs at lower pay than the county average. However, the company still expects to pay more than $12 per hour when commissions, bonuses, and overtime are added, and plans to offer a good benefits package as well.

The college space will be used to train the company’s new employees, as well as sustain its initial operations. Once the company begins actual operations, it will pay rent to the college and pick up the utility costs as well. After the company moves to its building, the college hopes to continue using the space as a training facility.

Call center officials could consider working with a postcard printing company to devise a mailer for area residents inviting them to apply for a job.