Harlingen rings fifth time with 227 new jobsHarlingen rings fifth time with 227 new jobshttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=44112014-04-15T12:07:00Z2014-04-15T00:00:00Z

HARLINGEN - Qualfon will create 227 jobs with an overall payroll of $5.3 million at its new 2200 Haine Dr. facility in exchange for incentives from the Harlingen Economic Development Corporation and City of Harlingen Commission.

The former Valley Diagnostic building on Haine Dr. will be ready for employees by mid-May 2014 after renovations are complete, according to Kevin Kavanaugh, the company’s site director. Qualfon has a five and a half year-lease on the building.

The agreement calls for 200 agents and 27 management positions, but the number of employees could grow to 400 by the end of the second year. Agents’ pay will range from $9 to $13 per hour for full- and part-time jobs.

The incentive agreement provides for every full-time position — at least 35 hours per week for 40 weeks, paid at a minimum of $9 an hour — created by Qualfon, the company receives $1,000 against the $200,000 upfront loan. It is capped at the $200,000.

If the company has 400 full-time positions at the end of a two-year period, it receives an additional $250,000, plus $250,000 at the end of the third year, for a total of $700,000.

Qualfon’s local office will be the international company’s eighth service center and the second in the United States. Qualfon is the fifth call center in Harlingen.

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