UPDATE: City officials react to closure of Vermillion Stream Global Services call center
By Ross Caniglia, Multimedia Journalist/ Weekend Meteorologist - bio | email
VERMILLION, SD (KTIV) -
180 people at one Siouxland operation will be looking for new jobs.
Stream Global Services announced Thursday it will be closing its doors in Vermillion, South Dakota at the end of October.
One word describes how Vermillion, South Dakota's Mayor feels about the closing of Stream Global Services in his community.
"Disappointment," said Jack Powell, Mayor.
Out of the 180 jobs lost, the mayor estimates that USD students hold one-third of them.
"The opportunities for young people to work part-time and at flexible time was a great thing for many of our students past and present," said Powell.
Now students and the other two-thirds of the workforce will be looking for another job, which could be easier for some than others.
"The positions that we have been bringing into the community have been more of the manufacturing-based type jobs. So there may not be a lot of carryover into those careers," said Steve Howe, Executive Director of the Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company.
Stream Global Services says their operation in Sergeant Bluff could be an option for some.
According to Senior Director of Brand Management, Joe Thorton, "Certain positions may be open or soon become available in Stream's Sergeant Bluff, Iowa Facility. We are encouraging any employee interested in these jobs to consider applying for them following the conclusion of their responsibilities at the Vermillion facility."
Either way, city officials will do what they can to help those who are searching for a new place to work.
"We're working with the chamber and the chamber of the governors office of economic development. They'll work on plans to help the current employees transition or identify opportunities for them, hopefully here in the community," said John Prescott, City Manager.
And as one business closes, one official says there's always a reason to look forward to a positive future.
"We've brought in a new company called Alleviant that hopefully can absorb some of these positions as they get up and going... This could actually present an opportunity to bring in new companies, now with some available work force and some available space," said Howe.
A representative from Stream says that workers who remain through the closure will be granted severance packages and outplacement services.
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