OGDEN -- MarketStar Corp. will add 250 Internet advertising sales jobs in Ogden over the next few months to serve a major search engine client.
The name of the client was not released Monday.
"Because the program is still in the pre-launch phase, we've been asked not to disclose for whom we are executing this program," Lee Wells, MarketStar's vice president of business-to-business client services, said in a news release.
MarketStar hopes to add more than 100 workers by June, and the remainder by the end of the year, at its downtown operation at 2475 Washington Blvd.
The influx of new employees will increase the number of MarketStar workers in Ogden from about 300 to 550, said Tracy Thayne, the company's marketing director. MarketStar has more than 3,500 employees worldwide.
The employee expansion is an outgrowth of a 10-person pilot program MarketStar launched for the search engine client in January.
The new employees will execute nonscripted sales initiatives nationwide as part of a large-scale, new service offering. They will receive an "aggressive" base salary and will be eligible for unlimited sales commissions, Thayne said.
The ramp up in hiring is the largest of its kind in MarketStar's history.
MarketStar will expand its Ogden operation to accommodate its work force growth and has added a new satellite facility in South Salt Lake.
MarketStar, which was founded in 1988 by Ogden resident Alan Hall, represents major corporations such as HP, Cisco, Motorola and Sony.
"It's a tremendous opportunity to work on behalf of these incredible international companies while living right here in Utah, where we can enjoy all Utah has to offer recreationally," MarketStar Chief Operating Officer Aaron Hall, Alan Hall's son, said in a prepared statement.
Mayor Matthew Godfrey said MarketStar's hiring of additional employees will have a significant positive impact on local residents.
"We are so fortunate to have a premier company like MarketStar in our community that is hiring people at good wages during a time when jobs are hard to come by," Godfrey said in a prepared statement.
"I have many friends who work there and are thrilled with the corporate culture and benefits they receive. Their success is translating to food on the table for many families in our community."
The city did not offer MarketStar any incentives for the hiring initiative, Thayne said.
To kick off its recruiting initiative, MarketStar will have job fairs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center, 2415 Washington Blvd.
Individuals can also apply online in advance of the job fair at www.marketstar.com/careers.
MarketStar is a part of Omnicom Group Inc., a global advertising, marketing and corporate communications company.