Global company calls Barrie home

A global company that provides a range of customer-care solutions is calling Barrie home, bringing 700 new jobs with them over the next year, and filling a hole on the Golden Mile retail strip created when Zeller’s left town.
The firm, Hinduja Global Solutions (HGS), decided to make the old Zeller’s space at the Kozlov Centre on Bayfield Street its newest call centre following a favourable response from and to a job fair held at the Southshore Community Centre earlier in January, which generated about 3,000 applications for work. HGS president and CEO Ross Beattie joined municipal officials, including Mayor Jeff Lehman, at City Hall yesterday for the announcement.
It’s expected that the creation of the call centre will amount to an annual investment of $20 million. The first wave of jobs, 500 of them, will bring spark the hiring of an array of skills, including IT, human resources, and management. A further 200 jobs are expected to follow.
Calling the news a major event for Barrie, Lehman said the new call centre will have a significant economic impact on Barrie, saying it is tremendous news.
The company operates 42 centres globally, employing about 22,000 people. Click here to apply for a position.

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