|Old Cell Phone Co. Adding 863 Jobs in Palm City|
|Business Development Board assists with targeted business expansion|
|Published Friday, June 4, 2010 7:00 am|
STUART, FL (June 4, 2010) - The Business Development Board of Martin County announces the expansion of Old Cell Phone Co. (OCP). The company recently expanded into 20,000 square feet in Sands Commerce Center on SW Martin Highway in Palm City. OCP plans to add 863 jobs in the next 36 months, with over 450 of those projected for 2010, and invest over $600,000 in taxable property and capital improvements to the facility.
OCP has been a top seller on eBay for nearly 10 years and has earned the distinguished Top Rated Seller status. John Donahoe, CEO of eBay, visited the company earlier this year to discuss the future of eBay and to receive input from the company on their day-to-day business challenges. In addition to being a provider of cell phones, parts and accessories, the company boasts a quality customer service program. The company, who moved to Martin County in 2008, operates a 24-7 schedule.
"We have been successful in a niche market that has allowed us to add employment even in a challenging economy," said Rob Newton, company CEO. "I live here; my children go to school here; I want to provide quality opportunities for Martin County residents to work." The company has added 167 employees since February, bringing their current employment to 183.
"The BDBMC moved quickly to assist with this expansion and keep OCP and the jobs they plan to add in Martin County," said Ron Bunch, executive director of the Business Development Board of Martin County. "We engaged our partners early on to ensure the company's needs were met, and they delivered." Martin County staff involved in the permitting process worked with the company to complete an expedited permitting process for the facility build out. This expedited process is a key benefit to expanding and new businesses adopted as part of the County's economic stimulus package in 2008. Since the passage of the economic stimulus package, by a 4 vote majority by the Martin County Board of Commissioners, targeted companies have responded to a more favorable business climate and have created much needed jobs.
"Our expansion couldn't have gone better once we connected with the Business Development Board," said Henry Caldarazzo, President of OCP. "I highly recommend that any company planning a long term strategic expansion should reach out to them and explore the resources they offer."
In partnership with Workforce Solutions, the BDBMC will offer a recruitment event similar to a job fair for OCP on June 17 from 10 am to 2 pm at Indian River State College's Chastain Campus Wolf Technology Center. Available positions include entry level call center/customer service as well as some supervisory and professional staff. Job seekers with phone and keyboarding skills are encouraged to attend. Bilingual skills are sought for several positions. Bring a resume for full consideration.
"We applaud OCP's success and commitment to creating jobs for Martin County residents," said Bunch. "These jobs will go far in putting people back to work, creating opportunities for unemployed residents to get back on their feet and provide a stable, constant income for themselves and their families."
About the BDBMC
The Business Development Board of Martin County is the county's official economic development organization, and Enterprise Florida, Inc. partner. More information about the organization can be found by visiting www.bdbmc.org.
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