Published Jan. 4, 2013
Time Warner Cable plans to invest $24 million and create 644 new jobs in South Carolina with the expansion of the company’s West Columbia operation.
While some of the positions represent consolidation of Time Warner operations along the East Coast, more than 90% of the jobs are new, said Carol Hevey, executive vice president of Time Warner Cable East.
The new jobs — which mostly are customer service and tech support positions — were announced today by Hevey and Gov. Nikki Haley during a Statehouse news conference.
“We are excited to start the year off with today’s job-creating announcement by Time Warner Cable,” Haley said. “While we work to bring new companies to South Carolina, it speaks to the strength of our state’s business-friendly climate when existing businesses like Time Warner Cable succeed and grow.”
Although members of Lexington County’s legislative delegation and some of the county’s key business leaders served as a backdrop at the news conference, Dan Jones, Time Warner’s vice president of government relations in South Carolina, said the company did not seek incentives from state or local government for the new jobs.
The positions will be located at the company’s 310,000-square-foot facility at 3347 Platt Springs Road, near Columbia Metropolitan Airport, Hevey said.
The expansion will fill the new in-house retention center, telesales operations support and payment services departments at the West Columbia facility, she said.
The additional jobs represent a 50% increase in Time Warner’s workforce in South Carolina, Hevey said. The company has about 1,300 workers in the Palmetto State.
“Even in a recovering economy, Time Warner Cable continues to grow and is pleased to offer valuable, good paying jobs in Columbia,” Hevey said, adding that the new positions will pay $40,000 and up with benefits.
Time Warner Cable is the largest cable provider in South Carolina with more than 420,000 customers. It’s the nation’s No. 2 cable provider, serving more than 6 million customers along the East Coast.
“Time Warner Cable has been an important part of our state’s business community for years and today’s announcement shows they are committed to growing in South Carolina,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “The company’s growth will bring good-paying jobs that will have an impact throughout Lexington County and the Midlands as a whole.”
Hevey said the expansion will involve construction of additional office facilities, installation of computers and other technology upgrades to the Platt Springs facility, which Time Warner moved into back in 2006.
Time Warner officials said they’ve already filled 25 of the new positions and will be holding job fairs to recruit prospective employees.
The first job fair will be Tuesday, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Platt Springs office.
Hiring for the jobs is expected to be completed by the end of the year, Hevey added.
The company provides residential customers with video, high-speed Internet and digital phone, and business customers with a range of communication solutions and tools, including cloud services.