News : Conduit Global Announces Layoffs
Memphis, TN, USA, May 12, 2015 -- The head of the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce said close to 600 people who are going to be laid off might soon be offered other work.
Conduit Global opened a Memphis call center last year with promises of jobs and a whole lot of fanfare from state officials.
The jobs at Conduit Global were not the highest paying jobs in the world, but for a city and people who want to work, they did have a chance. After less than a year, the company lost a big contract, and now, unless something is done, close to 600 will be out of work.
"You're going to have this. I'm sure this is not the only reverse we will suffer. Anytime when you're trying to grow, everything is not going to pan out. But what you make sure you do then is make sure you're training these individuals for other jobs that might be available," Memphis Mayor A C Wharton said.
Mayor Wharton said there are job training programs out there waiting for these workers to use. But apparently there are companies out there who might be ready to use some of these laid off workers.
"Literally within minutes of the Conduit Global announcement, we were talking to other companies and seeing what was available out there for potential back filling of those jobs. So I don't think these positions will be vacant very long, because there is a demand out there for them," Phil Trenary of the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce said.
There are no guarantees, obviously. But the call center employees did not really need special training to deal with work related things. A call center is not a high tech job.
Trenary said the decision to lay off folks is not a reflection on Memphis.
"Their business is contract driven. So that was not a thing that didn't work in Memphis. That was a contract with Conduit," Trenary said.
Once the layoffs happen, there will be about seventy employees left working for Conduit Global in Memphis.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Thursday, May 14, 2015