News : ADP Plans to Add 1,100 Jobs in El Paso by 2020
Sept 12, 2014 -- Automatic Data Processing plans to add 1,100 jobs in El Paso by the end of 2020, doubling its current workforce here, and construct a building next to its customer contact center on the West Side to house the new employees, company and city officials announced.
The jobs will be added beginning in the second half of 2015, when the new building is expected to be completed, said Terry McGreehan, general manager of ADP's El Paso operations.
ADP's average El Paso salary, including managers, is about $35,000 a year, McGreehan said.
The expansion announced Thursday is a revision of an El Paso plan ADP announced in December 2012. At that time, ADP officials said the company would build an addition and add almost 600 jobs by the end of 2017.
"We decided the marketplace offered an opportunity to grow larger than thought at that time," so construction was put on hold while a new, larger expansion plan was put together, McGreehan said.
"We think this market has a lot to offer us in terms of talent. It's a very positive environment," McGreehan said.
El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser, in a statement, said ADP's expansion plan "is evidence that companies can move to El Paso, be successful, and continue to grow."
The city estimates the expansion will add more than $653 million to the El Paso economy over five years, Leeser reported.
The company will receive city and state tax incentives to help pay for the expansion. Those incentives also were important in ADP's decision to expand here, McGreehan said.
City officials said specifics about the tax incentives will be revealed when presented to City Council at its Tuesday meeting. The city will amend an agreement made with ADP in 2012, officials said.
Under that agreement, ADP was to get a state grant and city tax rebates over a 10-year period if ADP met deadlines for creating jobs and other requirements.
ADP in late 2007 also announced expansion plans, but the expansion never happened.
ADP officials later said the proposed construction site, also near its present West Side facility, was found to be in a flood zone, and construction could not go forward. But in 2012, ADP officials said that problem had been resolved.
ADP's new, 150,000-square-foot building will be built next to its current, 150,000 square-foot Solutions Center at 1854 N. Resler in the Northwest Corporate Center industrial park on the far West Side, McGreehan said.
Construction is expected to begin by the end of the year and be completed by late summer or early fall 2015, McGreehan said.
People who work at the ADP Solutions Center in El Paso provide business operators help with ADP software applications for human resources services, including payroll, and time and labor management systems, McGreehan said. They also have been providing auto-dealer-related services, but those services are now being spun off into a new company.
Most of the company's El Paso employees have college degrees, or are working on getting college degrees, he said.
Most of ADP's El Paso workforce is at its West Side center, which opened in June 2007. But it also employs about 250 people on 21/2 floors of the 100 Stanton Tower office building Downtown, McGreehan said.
By next month, about 125 people working in auto-dealer services will be moved from the West Side center to the Stanton building, he said. They will work for CDK Global, the company spun off of ADP, he said.
Last week, an ADP official reported that a handful of jobs were being eliminated from El Paso. An internal ADP memo indicated those jobs were tied to some auto-dealer services' functions being moved from El Paso to Seattle and Detroit.
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Published: Monday, September 15, 2014