Call center to bring 1,200 jobs to Sandy

Call center to bring 1,200 jobs to Sandy

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SANDY -- Hundreds of new jobs are coming to Utah, but only for a little while. Still, there is some hope that at least some of the 1,200 jobs will stay permanently.

Vangent, a company headquartered in Northern Virginia, scored a contract with the government for a call center.

"These are going to be temporary, full- and part-time positions for the purposes of the 2010 census," according to Commerce CRG Lease Agent Chris Kirk. His company manages the Discover Card Building in Sandy where Vangent will set up.

"The purpose of this deal was to outfit them with a building for the 2010 census and that is about a year process," Kirk explains.

Vangent will begin to move in this fall, begin hiring early next year, and the contract runs out in October 2011. However, that's no guarantee that all of the jobs will disappear.

"I've seen that happen before, where a contract expires but then another one falls and then they keep the facility and the people employed," Kirk said.

The call center will be the responding end of a hotline that Americans will be able to call with questions about the 2010 census. Workers will also place outgoing calls to get missing information or to double check something.

The company says several open houses and job fairs will be held to assist people in applying for the work.


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