New company on Iron Range looks to hire 50 employees

By KBJR News 1

April 16, 2014 Updated Apr 16, 2014 at 9:55 PM CDT

Eveleth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Just weeks after more than 100 people lost their jobs at Meyer Teleservices in Eveleth, a new company says it will reopen the doors and bring in a new call center.

The new company already has roots on the Iron Range.

Gilbert native Jerry Samargia of the new company, New Partners Consultants, contacted the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board right after Meyers announced their closure, to see if he could bring his business from the Twin Cities up to the range.

The IRRRB announced Wednesday that New Partners Consultants will operate a call center for its customers at Progress Park in Eveleth.

IRRRB Commissioner Tony Sertich says the 104 workers displaced by the closing of Meyer Teleservices will have new job opportunities with the reopening of the center.

They expect at least 50 of those workers will be rehired.

Although the previous telecommunications company went out of business, those with New Partners aren't too worried about staying in business.

"This is a similar type company but they have different contracts and they have interest in acquiring more contracts and services, so we're hopeful for a bright future for New Partners, here on the Iron Range," said Sertich.

The company will also utilize some equipment from the Meyer operation, which is currently under IRRRB ownership.

When Meyer closed its Eveleth facility, the company also closed its locations in Saint Cloud and Little Falls.

Sertich says the Eveleth facility will be the only one to reopen.

Staffing for the new company could begin as early as next week.

Elsa Robins