LAYTON -- Adding 1,000 new jobs to downtown Layton has city and county officials excited about the economic boost it will bring to Davis County's largest city and the surrounding area.
Black Turtle Services Inc., an in-bound call center company, is opening its operation in September at 2195 University Park Blvd.
"This is terrific for the local economy," Layton economic development specialist Kent G. Andersen said of the business placing 1,000 new workers in close proximity to the city's retail shopping base.
There will be 850 customer service representative positions that will pay a starting salary at $11.52 per hour, plus benefits including medical, dental and vision coverage and paid federal holidays and vacation.
"For this industry, this is an amazing salary and benefits opportunity for our local population," Andersen said.
"They will be helping callers navigate the new Health Insurance Marketplace national website, which connects interested parties to insurance options," he said. "They will also be assisting with eligibility confirmation."
The company, which held a job fair Thursday and Friday, is occupying the former Citi Financial Building, after adding new paint and carpet to the building, he said. The former bank building has been vacant for about two years.
According to Black Turtle Services, it is in the middle of hiring the customer support agents, plus 150 management posts. It will be announcing additional events at the site and other locations in the community.
All positions are full time and shifts are all weekday shifts between 7 a.m. to
7 p.m., with no overnight or weekend shifts, the company said. Those wishing to apply or wanting to find out more about the company can visit http://www.blackturtlejobs.com.
Layton's newest business tenant is also good for Davis County, where the county's largest city has become a regional shopping area.
"The rising tide locally, rises the tide for the county," Andersen said of the new jobs that will take some people off the unemployment line, as well as help those already working who may currently be under-employed.
"News that the Citi building is turning on its lights again is great news," Davis County Community and Economic Development Director Kent Sulser said.
Utah is diverse with many small to medium-sized businesses, and plays an important role in the local economic growth, Sulser said.
"It is not the large businesses that are hiring, it is the small to medium-size businesses creating much of the job market," he said.
These gains in the Utah labor market place the state nearly three percentage points better in its unemployment rate compared to the national market, Sulser said. The state shows a 4.7 percent unemployment rate, compared to a national unemployment rate of 7.4 percent, he said.
Having more jobs land in the county helps regional business in the area as people tend to shop where they work, and helps to continue to build momentum in the housing market, Sulser said.
Layton being able to land such a business in a tight national economy comes as no surprise to Andersen.
"People understand that Layton is a regional location," he said.
And city leaders are excited to have Black Turtle, headquartered at Fairfax, Va.
"We are excited to welcome a new community partner to our great city of Layton. Black Turtle Services, and the 1,000 jobs they have created, will provide excellent employment opportunities to our region's residents," Mayor Steve Curtis said.
The only downside to the business opening will be the increased traffic flow to that area, Andersen said.
The city is already doing what it can to alleviate that, he said, by working with the Utah Department of Transportation in making improvements to the Antelope Drive freeway interchange.
Black Turtle is to begin employee training Sept. 9, with formal operations beginning the end of September, Andersen said.
Black Turtle Services, its name originating from the black tortoise being a symbol for longevity in ancient China, is a subcontractor of General Dynamics.