World-Class Telemarketing Firm to Locate in Fairmont, Creating 300 Jobs

World-Class Telemarketing Firm to Locate in Fairmont, Creating 300 Jobs

December 6, 1996

Media contacts:

For Edward Blank Associates:

Alyce Cucurullo 212-807-3255

For Bell Atlantic:

Harry Mitchell 304-344-7562

For the State of West Virginia:

Jill Wilson 304-558-6345

FAIRMONT, W.Va. -- Edward Blank Associates, Inc. (EBA),
a New
York-based telemarketing firm, today announced it will open a customer
service center in Fairmont, creating 300 jobs.

The center will be located in Fairhills Plaza. EBA may increase
its Fairmont presence if the center performs well.

A pioneer in the telemarketing industry since 1968 - and one of the
industry's fastest-growing companies - Edward Blank Associates designs
and implements telemarketing programs for Fortune 100 companies. The
company's 12 telemarketing centers employ approximately 2,200 people
in Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Ontario,

Company founder and Chairman Edward Blank cited the area's qualified
and stable work force, along with excellent telecommunications
facilities, as key factors in the company's decision to locate in
Fairmont. "EBA is in an expansion mode, and Fairmont meets our
requirements very well," said Blank.

"Edward Blank Associates is a premier business in its
said Governor Gaston Caperton. "West Virginia has so much to offer
businesses, and we're delighted to add this blue-ribbon company to our
ever-growing portfolio of new employers locating in West Virginia."

"It is a pleasure to help welcome EBA to the Fairmont community for
what we hope will be a long, productive relationship with the citizens
of our area," said Congressman Alan B. Mollohan (D-W.Va.). "We
forward to a successful operation that will be of benefit to all."

"EBA is yet another example of the success achieved in West
Virginia by the Office of the Future project," said Bell
Virginia President and CEO HREF="http://www.ba.com/speeches/profiles/bone.html">Dennis Bone.
"With today's announcement,
10,000 new jobs have been created in West Virginia due to the efforts
of the Office of the Future and local economic development groups such
as the Marion County Chamber of Commerce."

The Office of the Future, a partnership between Bell Atlantic and
the State of West Virginia, builds on the state's advanced
telecommunications infrastructure to recruit world-class employers who
rely heavily on processing or transferring information.

"We in Fairmont welcome Edward Blank Associates, and we're thrilled
to work together with this new addition to our community," said
Chuck Manly.

The Fairmont jobs will predominantly be full-time positions, with
some part-time and seasonal positions added during peak sales periods.
Initial wages will range from $5 to $6.50 per hour, plus benefits.
The Fairmont Jobs Service office is coordinating the hiring process.