The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 6, 2013

StarTek renovating site, advertises for four positions


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — It was good to hear the news that StarTek is planning to a return to Enid.

The company has been doing renovations at its call center site at 116 E. Randolph.

The facility closed in March 2012 when it lost its last client for the inbound customer service call center. At the time StarTek employed 213 people here.

Company officials haven’t officially said it will open its Enid center again. They are awaiting confirmation of a contract with a client.

However, as of Friday, there were four jobs listed on the company’s website, www.startek.net: supervisor, associate recruiter, IT technician and human resources manager.

 Earlier this year, when rumors were swirling of StarTek return, the company met with former employees to find out whether they’d be willing to return to work.

Enid lured StarTek here 13 years ago with an incentive package worth millions. Voters passed a quarter-cent sales tax that would have been worth $2.5 million. The incentive was paid back to the company in quarterly increments equal to a percentage of how much it spent on payroll. The company initially planned to have 500 employees within its first three years in Enid.

Employment numbers never materialized, though, and StarTek only received about $1.8 million in payroll subsidies between 2002 and 2009.

The company was a good corporate citizen, with its employees involved in a number of community service events.

We’re taking a cautious approach, waiting and seeing on the final word.

We hope, though, that it comes to fruition and StarTek again is back and working in Enid.