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      Details released on call center bringing 665 jobs to Horry County

      STARTEK Inc., a global provider of business process outsourcing services, announced Monday plans to locate a new customer support center in the Myrtle Beach area. The company's investment of $10 million is expected to create as many as 665 new jobs over a five-year period and result in an annual economic impact exceeding $45 million, according to studies by economists at Coastal Carolina University.

      Startek, Inc. will construct a 50,000 square foot facility at Towne Center in Carolina Forest, scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2014, according to a press release from the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corp.

      During construction of the facility, the company will operate and conduct employee training in a temporary space provided by Horry-Georgetown Technical College's Grand Strand Campus. Completion of the new facility is scheduled for fall 2014.

      "Our continued growth and as our entry into the healthcare industry were all factors in our decision to choose Myrtle Beach for our new expansion. The workforce, the welcoming business climate, and the location matched our requirements," said Chad Carlson, president and CEO of STARTEK. "The local and state authorities have been great to work with and we look forward to a great partnership with the Palmetto State."

      The announcement is the result of a collaborative effort among multiple representatives on the local, regional and state level, including the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Horry County Council, TCP Capital LLC, Santee Cooper, Horry Telephone Company, Horry Georgetown Technical College, the North Eastern Strategic Alliance (NESA) and readySC.

      "I can't think of a better way to end the 2013 calendar year for the MBREDC than to celebrate the decision of STARTEK to locate a large customer service center here in our community," said Fred Richardson, chairman of the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation.

      The company will begin hiring team members next month. Those interested in employment opportunities with STARTEK Inc. should click here to apply.