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November 30, 2013

Hancock lures firm, 400 jobs

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Peter Lutz, Qualfon’s vice president, said in a statement: “We’re very excited by this announcement and we look forward to becoming part of the community of Hancock and setting down roots for a long and productive relationship.”

Starting pay for entry-level workers who will be classified as “Level 1 representatives” is expected to be $10 an hour, with employer-provided healthcare benefits and the opportunity for rapid advancement, Nealis said. Once experienced, the representatives are expected to earn $25,000 per year or more. The pay for supervisors will range from $30,000 t0 $40,000 a year, while senior managers could earn more than $50,000 in annual pay, the economic development director said.

Data Control Group is also planning to offer in-house and educational training to its employees to ensure local residents with a high school diploma or equivalency degree qualify for the majority of the jobs that will be created, officials said.

The chairman of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors, James Eisel of Harpersfield, said: “Delaware County welcomes Data Control Group and stands ready to assist and encourage industry and job development opportunity which leads to important community development.”

Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook also applauded the announcement. “These jobs represent an exciting beginning for the area,” said Gibson.

Nealis said once a lease agreement is finalized, it is expected to take up to three months to complete renovations, after which hiring will begin. He said he could not yet pinpoint a precise date as to when the workers will go on the payroll.

The benefits for DCG workers will also include vision and dental coverage, 401K pension options and the potential for financial assistance for child care needs, officials said.

Nealis said the DCG is initially expected to occupy between 35,000 and 50,000 square feet in a building that has 121,000 square feet of space. There will be room for the company to expand inside the building if it needs to grow, Nealis said.

Rowe said Gibson, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., the Cuomo administration, Assemblyman Cliff Crouch, R-Guilford and Sen. Tom Libous, R-Binghamton, all helped to advance the push for funding.

James Thomson, chairman of the Delaware County Industrial Development Agency, said: “Congressman Gibson’s office provided critical support in the county’s efforts to put an incentive package together to attract DCG to the area.”

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