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Albany optimistic about landing new call center

May 14, 2007

Albany -- It's not a done deal, but a new telecommunications business is likely coming to Albany. If the business does accept Albany's offered deal, it could mean hundreds of new jobs in the coming years.

 The Nypro Georgia manufacturing building on Oakhaven Drive has sat virtually unused since 2000. Now Albany Dougherty Economic Development Commission members are optimistic that a telecommunications company will accept an offer to buy the building for $650,000, and use it to house a call center.

Albany Chamber of Commerce C.E.O. Tim Martin said " this is a great building, located in prime spot, in the Pecan Grove industrial park, across from the airport. I'm optimistic. "

Development officials do not want to release the name of the telecommunications company, but we are told they met with Albany officials Friday about this 47,000 square foot plant, which was used for manufacturing plastics.

 If the deal is sealed, we are told company officials would employ at least 20 people while renovating the building. They hope to occupy it by January First, 2008, starting with about 100 employees at first. That number of employees could grow to 400 within four years.

Albany is home to three call centers already, employing close to one thousand employees, and Martin says there is room for much more growth in that industry. Martin said "it's a great job, great opportunity. It's indoors, outside of the summer heat, in some regards. We are hopeful that we will be successful in this endeavor."

Again, the deal is not signed yet, but Albany officials hope to get good news within the next month from the telecommunications company.

Currently Cello Foil rents part of the Nypro Building, and uses it for storage.

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