The Gila Corporation has announced plans to increase their workforce in Austin. The company was founded in 1991 and is headquartered here in Austin. The new plans call for hiring as many as 150 employees over the next two to five years as they grow their business. According to their website, “Gila offers outsourced collections, payment processing and call center services to governmental entities, financial and higher education institutions nationwide.”
The new hiring will correspond with expansion plans for the overall company. A story in the Austin American-Statesman reported that the proposed expansion will cost roughly $5 million. Gila Corp. is also applying for special consideration from the Texas Enterprise Fund so that they may receive up to $1.25 million in tax rebates to help offset the costs of their planned growth. To be considered, Gila Corp. must adhere to specific requirements including filling at least 35% of the available jobs with economically disadvantaged workers.
The company already employs over 300 local employees in Austin as call center operators, payment processors, IT technicians and software developers. Adding 150 employees would represent a 50% growth figure, highly significant in today’s challenging economic environment.
The Austin City Council must approve Gila Corp.’s request for special consideration and could do so as early as their August 4, 2011 regular meeting. If the Council blesses the application, the next step would be the Texas Enterprise Zone Program approval.
Currently, Gila Corp is advertising positions in five job classifications on their website. It is unclear how many employees are needed in each classification, but detailed descriptions of the roles are provided. To learn more about Gila Corp., visit their website by clicking here.
To read the complete story in the Austin American-Statesman, please click here.