Company visits site of possible call center

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- The man who will ultimately decide to open a call center that could employ as many as 2,000 people has a better idea of what the Piedmont Triad has to offer.

Bill Bartmann was in a business park in the High Point and Greensboro area looking at property he might want to use for those jobs.

North Carolina is one of five states in the running for his business.

Bartmann runs a company called CFS2 which started as a debt collection service. The CFS2 call center would bring 2,000 jobs to whichever city is selected.

Among the locations within the Piedmont, CFS2 is considering Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point, where NCO Customer Management recently announced it would close its call center along with cutting 658 jobs.

If High Point is selected, the call center would occupy the former NCO building on Highway 68.

With all the businesses that have laid people off in the Triad-area, Bartmann said this might be the best place for his company to expand.

“You have a very high unemployment rate. And, because you have a very high unemployment rate, that means there are very high-quality employees, looking for work, right now. So, if you're going to hire a lot of employees, go where they're at,” he said.

Bartmann is also considering Virginia, Florida, Ohio and Nevada. He will likely choose several of those states.

He will start with 500 jobs and expand to as many as 2,000 in each with entry level pay of $23 an hour.