Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Editorials

November 1, 2012

Now hiring Good news for the Bluefield area

After a series of painful and crippling job losses, the one thing the Bluefield area needed right now was a little bit of good news.

Thankfully, a local company is now looking to bring 200 new jobs to the area just in time for the holidays. The announcement by DISH network is good news for job seekers across our region. DISH is planning to hire 200 additional customer service representatives for its customer care center on U.S. Route 52 near Bluewell.

Aaron Johnson, a spokesperson with DISH network, said the positions are permanent jobs rather than temporary holiday employment. That is great news.

“These are 200 new jobs coming into the area,” Johnson said. “Around this time of the year, a few things increase in demand. More people are watching TV and new shows are starting their seasons. During the holidays, more people buy TVs and make decisions about TV service. We are staffing up to meet the increase. We typically add jobs around this time.”

The DISH network office in Bluewell is one of 11 customer service centers throughout the country. The employees at the Bluewell site manage calls from all over the country and help customers sign up for service, manage accounts and deal with other related issues, according to Johnson.

The company will be hosting a job fair on Nov. 8 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Bluewell site. Potential employees can also apply online before the job fair. The job fair was originally scheduled for Thursday, but had to be rescheduled due to the severe winter weather.

The announcement by DISH Network is welcomed news. And it comes at a great time with the holiday season fast approaching.

While the greater Princeton area was relatively successful in weathering the Great Recession, the same can’t be said for other parts of Mercer County, including the Bluefield area. The addition of 200 new jobs at the Bluewell call center is a glimmer of renewed hope during what has been an otherwise dismal year for the greater Bluefield area. Recent job losses, including Kroger, Flowers Bakery, Bluefield Beverage and the still pending closure of Bluefield’s Mail Processing and Distribution Center, have taken a toll on the region.

The new jobs being created by DISH will help.

However, local officials still have a lot of work to do in terms of creating new job opportunities for Mercer County, and the Bluefield area in particular. We need not only new retail options in Mercer County, but also manufacturing and high-tech jobs for the region.

In the meantime, we congratulate and applaud DISH Network for bringing 200 desperately needed new jobs to our region. We hope this is a sign of better times ahead.

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