Sunday, March 4, 2012

Greensboro (North Carolina) Call Center To Close, Nearly 700 To Be Laid Off

When your town starts losing crappy jobs like those at a call center, you might have an unemployment problem. Here is the Greensboro News & Record with the details:
A call center will close on August 31 and lay off 685 employees beginning in May.

The NCO Customer Management, Inc., told Mayor Robbie Perkins on Friday that it is permanently closing the Greensboro center at 4336 Federal Drive. NCO specializes in outsourcing calls and other services for companies across the world.

According to a letter Perkins received, the office “is closing due to business needs, which are considerate of client-mandated business decisions and requirements.”

The layoffs will begin May 7, the letter said. The company notified employees Friday. Perkins called the layoffs “devastating."
This was just the latest such hit suffered by Greensboro:
In January 2011, American Express decided to close its call center and move 1,500 jobs from Greensboro.
According to Wikipedia, Greensboro's population is around 269,000, which means that these two closings alone directly affected nearly 1% of the people who live there, not counting family members. Grim figures, indeed.

Bonus: Sounds like the people of Greensboro need to take the advice of their fellow Carolinians and get themselves A New Life


  1. When call center closed there must be unemployment problem. In this case they have taken a good initiative. Thanks for the post.

    Doris R. Dimaggio
    call center outsourcing

  2. ust picked up my voicemail messages, and realized I was listening to a female employee in a busy call center -- lots of conversation in background -- and the person she called obviously answered the phone. I could hear her part of the conversation but not his. Would love to know how this could happen. Not a big deal, but it's still interesting. Thanks for your time. Oh - and this was my land line, not a cell phone, with one of the major carriers

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