World-class telemarketing firm to locate in Fairmont, creating 300 jobs

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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, Canada.

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 industry," 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 look 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 Atlantic-West Virginia President and CEO 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 Mayor 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.

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