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Center eyes former Fingerhut facility in JC

Jeff Keeling • Jul 24, 2009 at 12:00 AM

JOHNSON CITY — Johnson City could be on the verge of welcoming another call center, and a local economic development official hopes the company settles in a long-vacant Boones Creek building once home to a Fingerhut calling center.

In the meantime, Economic Development Board Director P.C. Snapp said, part of that building will be occupied by ITT Technical Institute, which will conduct courses in tech-related fields.

“We’re working with a Fortune 50 company and we have communicated with them and sent them a package on worker training help and other incentives,” Snapp said last week.

Snapp, whose agency has tried for about a decade to market the former Fingerhut and Sears Telecatalog building, said its owner has been in contact with the same corporation. ADEVCO Corp., a commercial real estate developer, bought the building from a local owner two years ago.

ADEVCO’s Web site has a page on the property describing it as “completely refurbished” and boasting a “large/educated/available labor force.”

“The state knows about it, too, and we’ve been told they’re working on a contract,” Snapp said. “It will come down to whether they sign a contract to provide services for another company.”

Also, a veteran call center employee said he has had two telephone interviews with the same company, which is said to be trying to select between Johnson City and Tucson, Ariz., for a new call center.

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