By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer
A new data processing center will come to London this fall, and with it, 638 new jobs will be waiting for workers in the Tri-County and neighboring counties.
Serco is the name of the company.
That’s according to the London-Laurel County Industrial Development Authority which made the announcement Wednesday afternoon.
The company will locate in the London-Laurel County Industrial Park IV, four miles west of London on Hwy. 80. The data processing center plans to be in operation on Oct. 1.
Charles Pennington, the authority’s executive cirector, said they’ve been “spinning the wheels and have been very fortunate.”
“Our location, our work force, and the infrastructure we have all contributed to this new project coming to Laurel County. It’s an honor for us to have Serco in our family of industries here, and we’re pleased to welcome them,” Pennington said.
He added more information would be made available about upcoming job fairs in the near future.
In the meantime, those who wish to apply for Serco jobs online may do so at www.jobs.serco-na.com/London.
Pennington noted, “They (Serco) want people to apply online. Then, Serco will contact people who applied and set up interviews with them on-site on Monday, Aug. 19.”
He said the building where Serco will set up shop is approximately 51,000 square feet, and is “partially ready to go.” Pennington also pointed out that having available buildings ready was credited as one of the reasons Serco came to London.
“We had contacts with them nearly three weeks ago. They called us and told us they were looking in this area, and asked about buildings we had. We proposed three different ones. They liked the one in the Industrial Park IV on West Highway 80. … Serco will be another plus for Southeastern Kentucky. It benefits all the communities in the region,” he said.
According to their website, Serco delivers information technology and management services to all branches of the U.S. military, federal civilian agencies, state and local agencies and commerce customers. The company has access to more than 200 contracts with capabilities in the areas of Information Technology and Professional Services and Managed Services.
The roots of Serco began in 1929, when the old Radio Corporation of America, or RCA, set up its first subsidiary in Great Britain. That subsidiary became part of the RCA Service Division in 1969. It would eventually be purchased by its management and staff and renamed Serco.
Incorporated in North America in 1988, Serco now employees some 9,000 employees in over 100 locations across North America, including the United States. The company is headquartered in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Reston, Va.
Wednesday’s announcement of Serco coming to London came nearly two weeks after Gov. Steve Beshear announced on July 12 that General Dynamics Information Technology would locate in London. General Dynamics will locate on Old Whitley Road (Hwy. 1006) in the Dennis Karr Airpark, a London-Laurel County Industrial Development Authority site, and is expected to employ up to 1,000 people.
The last of three job fairs for the new General Dynamics’ jobs in London will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Somerset Community College’s Laurel Campus. The campus is located at 100 University Drive, Building 2, off Hwy. 192 in London.
On the same day General Dynamics announced it was coming to London, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services awarded a contract worth as much as $5.5 million to General Dynamics’ production facility, located off the Corbin Bypass. The Corbin location manufactures millions of “Green Cards,” or permanent resident cards, as well as Employment Authorization Document cards.