Statement: Star Tek Call Center Closing

Statement: Star Tek Call Center Closing

Statement of Senator Bill Stanley on closing of Star Tek call center in Collinsville

Franklin County, VA, 24 May 2011: Senator William M. “Bill” Stanley, Jr. (R-Franklin) today released the following statement regarding the announced closing of the Star Tek Call Center, located in Collinsville, Virginia:

“I was disappointed by the news of Star Tek’s decision to close its call center in Collinsville. The impact on our neighbors and friends who will lose their jobs as a result of this news cannot be understated. We, as a community, will rally around and provide support to our fellow citizens who are affected by this decision. I, along with Governor McDonnell, stand ready to assist the families affected by this closure.

“But, this is just another reason why we must strengthen our resolve to return Henry County and all of Southside to its rightful place as the giant of industry in Virginia. It is not enough anymore to just talk about our current economic situation. It is time that we do something about it.

“I find the stated reasoning for Star Tek’s closure to be unacceptable. A client’s changing business requirements” should never be a reason for a business to move its operations from our region. Rather, a company’s “changing business requirements” should be the number one reason to locate here, and to stay here, because we know that this is the best place in Virginia to do business, to make a home, and to raise a family.

“We know that we have the best workforce in the country. As elected officials, it is our immediate and most important responsibility to create an economic environment here where businesses will locate their operations, and where they can prosper and flourish, both now and in the future. We must continue to actively recruit companies to relocate here, and encourage the entrepreneurial spirit of our citizens to start their own businesses that will thrive in the future. And, we must now educate and train our workforce to be equipped with the tools necessary to be successful in new and emerging technology companies that we will attract to our area.

“We, as a community, must be tireless in our efforts, from this day forward, to put Southside and its citizens back to work. We cannot, and we shall not, rest until we accomplish this task.”

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