Muskogee Out $550,000 After Call Center Folds

Monday, October 23rd 2006, 10:22 am
By: News On 6

A call center closure costs 100 people their jobs and Muskogee half a million dollars.

The Summit Call Center in Muskogee, which laid off 70 of its employees in July, let the remaining 30 go this month.

When it opened in 2004, the center promised to employ 400 people to take orders for Domino's Pizza. But Summit never employed more than 100 people, and after it failed to get a new contract with Domino's, it could no longer afford to pay its employees.

The City of Muskogee, which invested $550,000 in the construction of the call center, says it is disappointed, but optimistic another company will step in and use the facility.

Leisha Haworth with Muskogee Development: "the fortunate part is that we do have a world class facility that we can promote and bring in another company."

Muskogee Development officials say several companies have contacted them about potentially using the call center.