OWENSBORO, Ky (WEHT) A possible breakdown of communication between Alorica and the city of Owensboro led to confusion Wednesday morning. Has the company shut down? What about all the empty parking spaces at the parking garage on Frederica Street?
Owensboro Mayor Tom Watson told Eyewitness News on Tuesday that the call center had fewer than ten employees left. The assumption was that Alorica was leaving Owensboro.
On Wednesday, an Alorica spokesperson sent us and email saying they have not shut down, and are in fact hiring. The company has moved out of the building and plans to permanently allow its employees to work from home.
We have not shut down our operations. Just to clarify, our employees in Owensboro are continuing to work as we transitioned our approximately 250 onsite employees to work-at-home months ago. And we continue to hire in the area. If anyone is interested in working remotely with us, they can apply by emailing email@example.com.
Alorica opened in Owensboro in 2017 vowing to hire 500 people in their first big hiring wave, and after some time, expected to have 840 employees. But they never reached that 500 mark.
“You know, and the idea was to get 800 people in that building and to support downtown and economic development,” says Mayor Watson, “Time passed, numbers grew and everybody seemed to be happy, but it kind of stalled out.”
So what happens next for the former BB&T building? Mayor Watson says he has to talk to the building’s owner to see what the next step will be.