Red Ventures said Thursday that it is shutting down operations in San Antonio and Miami and plans to move roughly 280 jobs from those locations to the Charlotte region.
The company, based in Indian Land, said the operations will be closed in six months. In addition to the Indian Land site, some of the San Antonio and Miami jobs will move to the company’s University City facilities.
The move means Red Ventures will no longer have operations outside the Carolinas. In addition to the two Charlotte-area locations, Red Ventures’ only other offices are in Wilmington.
Spokeswoman Kylie McQuain said the move is designed to put employees closer to one another as opposed to spread across the country. She also said the move “is not a downsizing.”
Labor costs also are not a factor, she said: “That is not part of the equation in any way.”
Red Ventures will be better able to more aggressively hire and retain employees and grow their skills by having all its workers in the Carolinas, McQuain said.
“The move is about having our people in a place where we can grow our business at the pace that we’ll need to over the coming years,” she said. “This is part of a growth strategy. We expect this to be the sixth consecutive year where we will have double-digit growth as a company.”
Not all employees in San Antonio and Miami will keep their jobs with Red Ventures. McQuain said about 55 employees were not offered the opportunity to relocate. The company will help those workers find other employment, she said. The 55 workers will also have the opportunity to continue working for the company until the operations are closed, she said.
Red Ventures hopes all 280 employees relocate, she said. If only some do, Red Ventures “will increase our hiring efforts” to find employees in the Charlotte region, she said.
The employees who will be relocated are in a range of roles, she said. The majority work in inside sales. Other jobs to be relocated are in human resources, sales management, training and information technology, she said.
The company will help employees with relocation costs, she said.
In a separate announcement, the company in January announced plans to hire 200 people to work in its Charlotte-area call centers as the company prepares for additional business this year.
Red Ventures handles in-bound customer calls for corporations and creates websites for companies and sells and markets their products.
The company said it had a net increase of 400 jobs in the region last year as it landed deals with AT&T, National General Insurance and Verizon.
Red Ventures opened a University City call center last year. Its Indian Land campus is undergoing a 180,000-square-foot expansion set for completion in May.
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