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In this issue:
Sitel to Hire 300 positions in Hamilton, Alabama Customer Care Call Center
ALABAMA LAUNCHPAD NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR NEXT START-UP COMPETITION
USA poised to become 'a true collaborator' with Airbus, officials say
Hundreds turn out for job fair in Dothan
Aleris International announces Nichols Aluminum plant closure, 95 job cuts in Decatur

 


Sitel to Hire 300 positions in Hamilton, Alabama Customer Care Call Center

October 14, 2014

 

HAMILTON, Ala.Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sitel, a leading global customer care provider, today announced it is actively expanding its customer care call center in Hamilton, Alabama.  

 

This will entail hiring 300 positions to support expansion by its client, a leading digital cable, HDTV, DVR, high-speed internet and local and long-distance phone provider. The newly hired associates will provide inbound customer support.

 

"We are very excited about the growth of our business here at the Hamilton call center," said John Thomas, Sitel's Hamilton Site Director. "We have a great group of talented employees and look forward to bringing in additional personnel for our front-line, support and management positions. This expansion is evidence of Sitel's continued commitment to both its clients and Hamilton and the surrounding counties."


  
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ALABAMA LAUNCHPAD NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR NEXT START-UP COMPETITION

 

Birmingham, Ala.,  - Alabama Launchpad, a program of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, opened the application process today for the next cycle of its popular statewide Start-Up Competition.

 

Interested startup teams must submit an application and a $150 non-refundable application fee before midnight Nov. 16. Teams selected to compete in this new round will be announced on Dec. 12.

 

Teams will compete for a share of up to $250,000 in funding.

Alabama Launchpad is open to any Alabama startup that meets eligibility requirements. For more information, visit alabamalaunchpad.com/startup-competition/

 

"We encourage early stage startups that have a solid chance of market success to apply," said Greg Sheek, Alabama Launchpad programs director. "We recognize the central role that startups have in job growth, and we look forward to the next cycle of teams we can help launch to the next step in job creation."

 

 

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[alabama launchpad.com]

 



 

 

  


 


USA poised to become 'a true collaborator' with Airbus, officials say
on October 15, 2014 

MOBILE, Alabama -- Airbus Americas Engineering is eager to set up shop with the University of South Alabama, particularly with the university's research division, USA leaders said Tuesday after returning from a visit to Germany last week.

 

A delegation from the university, along with Mayor Sandy Stimpson and Dave Trent, site director for Airbus Americas Mobile Engineering office, toured Airbus sites in Toulouse, France, and in Munich and met with executives.

 

USA's delegation included USA President Tony Waldrop; Alec Yasinsac, dean of the school of computing; John Steadman, dean of the college of engineering; and Lynne Chronister, vice president for research and economic development. Stimpson participated as a member of the USA Board of Trustees. 

 

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[al.com]

 

  


 

Hundreds turn out for job fair in Dothan
By Rosanna Smith
Oct. 14, 2014
  
DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) -Right now, there are more than 3,000 people who are unemployed in Houston County.

A group of community agencies is hoping to change that by bringing area employers and potential employees together in one location.

 

"I'm eager and ready to get into the workplace and I've been searching really, really hard," said Shaniqua Lynn.

 

Lynn has been on the hunt for a job for more than a year. After attending the 16th annual Houston County Jobs Task force Community Career and Job Fair, she is feeling more confident than ever that her unemployment status will soon change.

 

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[WSFA]

 

 

 

  


 

Aleris International announces Nichols Aluminum plant closure, 95 job cuts in Decatur
on October 15, 2014 

DECATUR, Alabama -- Ohio-based Aleris International said Wednesday it will close its aluminum finishing plant in Decatur just a few months after acquiring the business in a $110 million cash deal.

 

Nichols Aluminum, which began as Decatur Aluminum Corp. in the late 1950s and now has 95 employees, will shut down during the next few months. However, Aleris spokesman Jason Saragian did not give a specific timeline for the closure.

 

"Aleris decided to discontinue operations at its facility in Decatur, Alabama, when we determined that our operations could be streamlined to serve our customers more efficiently by moving production to other facilities within our U.S. operations," he told AL.com.


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[al.com]

 




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