Alorica Celebrates Owensboro Office Opening

Owensboro has had its share of bad news in the past week, with Engineered Plastics Components announcing plans to close its facility, and two other businesses, Skates Alive and Blossoms, also announcing plans to close. Meanwhile, Alorica's new center in Owensboro, looks to reverse this trend.

They're still finishing up the Frederica Street offices, but officials say at least 200 people already work out of this building. With more on the way, some say it can stem recent losses across the county.

"Any time you can bring jobs in to the community, any time you bring a new corporate citizen is a time for celebration," says Daviess Co. Judge Executive Al Mattingly.

A celebration of a new business, with new jobs.

"I was kind of struck by it. I think it looks good," says Larry Worth of Whitesville, Kentucky.

"It's incredible," adds Ken Muche of Alorica. "Eyes light up. It's modern, open, industrial feel. It feels you are at a tech company."

Alorica officials say as many as eight hundred forty people will be working out of the renovated five story building.  Muche of Alorica says they spent $2 million dollars upgrading the office. 200 employees work here now, with that number potentially growing to 500 in the coming months. All this while other companies and stores close and lay off workers, and other store fronts still sit vacant.

"I don't think it was as bad as it was a few years ago, acutally," Worth says, when asked if the Daviess County economy's been hit hard because of all the layoffs. "I think, it depends on how HIghway 54 is going to change the scenery. I don't think that's going to affect downtown."

The center sits in the Downtown TIF district, approved last year, enabling the city to bring in more tax dollars to fund more projects.

"It's going to allow the city to do a lot more public projects. always our vision is economic development, bringing jobs in to  the community, so I think it fits right in the middle of it," Mattingly says.

Contractors are still working on a new Bar Louie restaurant, located on the ground floor. Alorica officials say they don't have an exact date on when the building will be completely done.

(This story was originally published on July 20, 2017)

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