A former Perry County company is coming back to town.
Sykes Enterprises announced lay-offs in 2003 and closed their Hazard facility shortly after in 2004, but officials say they always intended to come back to Perry County.
Since the Perry County site closed, we've heard several announcements over the last four years.
From 2005 when one Sykes official said the company was unhappy with over-seas operations, to 2006 when a medical call center considered moving into the empty building.
“Sykes never really left Perry County, we always said it was temporary,” Chris Melton said.
Site director, Chris Melton says the company needs 100 employees to start off with and plans to hire around 200 employees within the first year.
“We're going to have two clients in our facility. We're going to have a financial services client as well as a fortune 100 communications client,” Melton said.
Melton says he believes there's a growing need for the services they provide and employees can be confident in having job stability.
Rashaun Wilkinson has already been hired as the senior account manager and made the move from Virginia for his job.
“There's a lot of work that's been going on at this time, making sure that we seek out and we hire as many energetic individuals as we can from the Perry County area,” Rashaun Wilkinson said.
As of April this year, Perry County's unemployment rate was 6.6% but that could certainly change with Sykes back in the area.
“If all 200 jobs go to Perry County, you would look at lowering the unemployment rate from 6.6 percent to 4.9 percent,” Rick Baker said.
A few basic positions have already been filled at Sykes, but in order to fill up to 200 jobs, a job fair will be held next week at the Coalfields Regional Industrial Park at the Sykes facility.
The job fair will be from 10:30 am until 8 pm on June 28th and 29th.
Then on the 30th from 8 am to 4 pm.