News : Call Center Closure Leaves 104 Jobless in Eveleth
April 2, 2014 -- St. Cloud, Minn.-based Meyer Teleservices has gone out of business, leaving offices in Eveleth, St. Cloud and Little Falls, Minn., closed.
The closure means 104 jobs were lost at the Eveleth facility alone, with 20 in St. Cloud and 74 in Little Falls.
Gary Owen, the company’s owner and chief financial officer, made the announcement to employees Tuesday afternoon.
Owen described the closure as a dissolution, saying the company was insolvent. He told the News Tribune on Wednesday that "the company has filed with the Secretary of State dissolution documents effective’’ March 31.
Workers were told there was no money for this week’s paycheck, and that no severance would be paid.
According to the company’s website, its primary function was telemarketing to raise money and group memberships, including for political causes and candidates. But telemarketing has gone through tough times with fewer landlines and many Americans tied only to their mobile phones, which are harder or even illegal for telemarketing firms to target.
"In addition the Do Not Call legislation, the transfer of customer service jobs to overseas phone centers, and the explosion in cellphones have had a dramatic impact on the telemarketing business over the past five years,’’ Owen said.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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