Oregon-based Consumer Cellular, the exclusive wireless provider for AARP members, officially opened the doors of its new Redmond call center on August 7, celebrating creation of Central Oregon jobs and the upcoming job fair on August 16.
John Marick, CEO of Consumer Cellular and the City of Redmond Mayor George Endicott facilitated the opening of the 77,000 square-foot call center facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and welcoming event for its first wave of 60 Redmond call center employees. State and district representatives, Redmond Chamber of Commerce board of directors and Consumer Cellular executive management team were also in attendance.
Earlier this year, the company signed a letter of intent to sub-lease the former T-Mobile call center (2999 SW Sixth Street, Redmond), helping to keep jobs in the region and investing in future growth for the State of Oregon.
According to Marick, Consumer Cellular in Redmond will continue to hire through the fall, projecting a base staff up to 150 employees.
“It is almost embarrassing because we are getting many thanks, but remember there is something in it for us, too,” said Marick. The company saw potential growth in the local job pool and was also attracted to the quality of life in Central Oregon.
Consumer Cellular is one of the oldest and largest mobile virtual network operators (MVNO) of cellular phone service in the U.S. Established in October 1995, the company specializes in meeting the underserved needs of consumers who are looking for the safety and convenience benefits of cellular service but do not want to pay the high monthly fees often associated with traditional carrier mobile plans. Simplicity and affordability for customers is the top priority for Consumer Cellular, one of the few non-prepaid wireless providers not requiring a long-term contract with service. The Portland, Oregon based company is privately held with more than 250 employees.
Career Fair 9-11am, August 16, 2999 SW Sixth St., Redmond. www.consumercellular.com.