North Carolina Company To Open Call Center In Maine

A North Carolina-based company has chosen Pittsfield, Maine as the site for a new call center that could employ up to 200 people.

Maine's U.S. Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins said they were informed yesterday that Global Contact Services will begin hiring next month and have the center up and running in March.

The company runs 11 call centers in six states. It announced this month that Pittsfield was one of four towns under consideration for the center.

Snowe said Global Contact clients include Bank of America, Valero, JP Morgan Chase, Verizon, Wells Fargo, Wachovia, American Express and Washington Mutual.

The news comes a day after SAS Shoemakers said it was shutting down its shoe plant in Pittsfield, putting nearly 150 people out of work.