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Matt Trice, left, vice president of economic development programs for Albany technical College, completes an agreement with Matin Polo, center, CEO of PowerSports Plus LLC, for ATC to train new employees for Outdoor Network, which will bring an expected 112 new jobs to Albany. Jackie Rohosky, assistant commissioner of economic development programs with Georgia Quick Start, participated in the signing on June 25, 2012, at Albany Tech.

Matt Trice, left, vice president of economic development programs for Albany technical College, completes an agreement with Matin Polo, center, CEO of PowerSports Plus LLC, for ATC to train new employees for Outdoor Network, which will bring an expected 112 new jobs to Albany. Jackie Rohosky, assistant commissioner of economic development programs with Georgia Quick Start, participated in the signing on June 25, 2012, at Albany Tech.

ALBANY, Ga. — The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission announced Monday that Outdoor Network, one of the largest online suppliers of parts and accessories for marine and powersports enthusiasts, will relocate its Internet fulfillment center to Albany, creating an estimated 112 jobs.

Outdoor Network currently operates a retail operation in Albany known as Powersports Plus, selling motorcycles, all terrain vehicles, parts and maintenance.

From Albany, Outdoor Network will obtain customer orders and fulfill those orders for shipment throughout the world, said Martin Polo, CEO of Powersports Plus, LLC. Work force training for Outdoor Network will be provided by Georgia Quick Start through Albany Technical College.

According to Polo, the process to bring the distribution center to Albany began in earnest after Tom D’Azevedo, owner of Outdoor Network, attended the 2012 Georgia Quail Hunt in Albany, co-sponsored by the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission.

D’Azevedo was impressed with hunt, according to Polo, saying he’d never before encountered such a “warm, inviting business climate” as he’d experienced in Georgia.

Ted Clem, president of the Albany-Dougherty EDC, said the telecommunications infrastructure and low cost of doing business and four-lane highway connectivity make the community an ideal location for Outdoor Network’s Internet distribution center.

“We’d been in (Lake Placid) Florida for the past 12 years, but after the quail hunt Tom (D’Azevedo) brought his enthusiasm back to the team,” said Polo.

“We were really impressed with the level of professionalism shown by everyone involved here. The seriousness of the communication with all the community leaders is something we’d never seen before. It’s not easy to impress Tom.”

Later in the program there was an official signing by Polo, Trice and Jackie Rohosky, assistant commissioner of Economic Development Programs and Georgia Quick Start, sealing the agreement for the Albany Technical College Quick Start program to provide work force training for new employees of the center.

According to Polo, Outdoor Network has purchased a 27,000 square foot structure on Seminole Lane off South Slappey Boulevard. While no specific timetable was given as to when the jobs will be filled, Polo said he expects significant movement “within the next few weeks.”

Comments

buddy 2 years, 3 months ago

So....you're saying you're stupid? Stupid would be discouraging someone to offer jobs in the area especially in a horrible economy...Stupid would be not wanting better for a city in dire straits and doing your part to help make it better...Stupid would be commenting negatively on a positive news story to draw attention to your own stupidity...now...who is stupid?

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Cartman 2 years, 3 months ago

I hope this works out good for Outdoor Network. More entrepreneurship - not more government; is what we need. I'm grateful they're giving our area a chance.

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Trustbuster 2 years, 3 months ago

Remember this has nothing to do with increasing the sales tax for supporting pet transportation projects.

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FryarTuk 2 years, 3 months ago

Great news! Welcome, Outdoor Network. Congratulations all round.

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Engineer 2 years, 3 months ago

Where is this distribution center going to be located?

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agirl_25 2 years, 3 months ago

Wasn't there a CALL CENTER that was coming to Albany last year at one time...I seem to recall there were comments being made in the Squawk about it. I wonder what ever happened and if it ever opened. Would be nice to know if the jobs ever did come to the Albany folks if it did open up. Great news on the new distribution center!!!

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agirl_25 2 years, 3 months ago

Yes, Betty, you wonderful person you! Aren't you the clever person to find that so quickly? I did a Google on the company and it didn't look too good for the other cities that it was in. Most of them closed in the other cities and the employees were laid off. I didn't find a thing on Albany so maybe it never got off the ground here. Very sad, indeed. I wonder if you have heard anything, good or bad about the company?

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CR 2 years, 3 months ago

Teleperformance is here, and has been for about ten years (located behind Outback Steakhouse). You can apply online here: http://www.teleperformance.com/en/Best-Place-for-People/JobSearch.aspx?country=327

At one time it had around 750-800 agents working there. They were going to add 200 more jobs. Unfortunately, the candidate pool in Albany is a bit weak.

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 3 months ago

Goodnews from welfare to workfare! Sister might have a job now. She can handle a typing job.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 3 months ago

As long as I can process you to Section 8, I'll work for free.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 3 months ago

I hope there are 112 more Albanians who are willing to work for a living!

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BettyBowTie 2 years, 3 months ago

National Electronic Warranty (NEW CORP) which was a call center that was set up so you worked from home. They came here in 2008. Trained the workers out at Albany Tech. I worked for them for a year. It was the worst job I ever had, awful supervisors and a really unfriendly bunch to work for but the pay was not bad. There is/was also an Insurance company call center here. I hope this is better than either of those were. Albany needs jobs so bad.

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agirl_25 2 years, 3 months ago

But was that Teleperformance? the same one that was advertised earlier in the URL you posted or a different one? If it was Teleperformance under a different name, whatever happened to NEW Corp and did the insurance company call center also leave? I met a lady once who told me she works from home taking orders for one of those medical supply companies you see advertising on TV all the time (the one that Wilford Brimley "name check") is the spokesperson for but I don't know is she is telling the truth or not. Nice work if you can get it I guess, huh? I am just glad this new company is in Albany offering these jobs..and hope they stay a long, long time.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 3 months ago

Teleperformance still operates. They are over next to Outback's in the rear of the strip mall with Publix and Hobby Lobby.

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 3 months ago

Thank you Martin Polo for taking a chance on Albany and giving us the opportunity. We know you had many choices where to grow your Company.

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LuLu 2 years, 3 months ago

Can someone explain this Quick Start program at Albany Tech? Does this mean you have to enroll in classes there to be considered for a job?

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rightasrain 2 years, 3 months ago

Yes and yes. Sad to say, but when this company realizes the "work force" being supplied through ATC, they will go back to Florida. On a Quail Hunt, these people meet and see only the "uppercrust" of Albany (and that's not saying a lot for most of them); now they are going to experience first hand what its like to hire 112 minorities who cannot speak the English language.

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agirl_25 2 years, 3 months ago

So, rightasrain, you don't see them staying then? Are you saying that the other company packed up and left too, and you feel this one may do the same thing? I am confused somewhat by your statement. Is the job with the 112 minorities for tech support, is that what you are implying, or for a labor force that will require more in the way of manual labor? Is NEW CORP still around? I was under the impression the new jobs would be for packing and shipping parts.

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