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Automatic Data Processing Inc. wants the first wing of its Augusta Solution Center done in eight months -- and the people to fill it up hired and trained, too.

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Steve Penrose, an executive with Automatic Data Processing, said 1,000 people will eventually be hired at its Augusta center.  Chris Thelen/Staff
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Steve Penrose, an executive with Automatic Data Processing, said 1,000 people will eventually be hired at its Augusta center.

That means ADP will hire 200 to 300 people this summer for its new $40 million office on Flowing Wells Road, in addition to the 150 people it is seeking to fill its temporary offices on Stevens Creek Road.

An executive with the New Jersey-based payroll, human resources and tax-filing processor said 700 people will be working for the company by the time the first wing is complete in October.

Senior Vice President Steve Penrose said during a Tuesday groundbreaking ceremony that the company will eventually employ 1,000 people in Augusta, with the "potential for more."

Workers could begin clearing the woodlands at Flowing Wells Road and Interstate Parkway as soon as today to meet the aggressive construction schedule.

"Our busy time of the year is year-end. You can imagine when you're in the payroll business, you've got a huge surge of activity in the W-2 process," Mr. Penrose said.

The 160,000-square-foot facility should be complete by March 2009, Mr. Penrose said. He said the company will move from the temporary location once the Flowing Wells campus is ready.

Reach Tim Rausch at (706) 823-3352 or timothy.rausch@augustachronicle.com.



ADP TIMELINE


DECEMBER 2006: Automatic Data Processing Inc. announces it is coming to Augusta and will hire 1,000 people.


JULY: ADP opens its temporary location on Stevens Creek Road.


JAN. 29: Groundbreaking on its permanent $40 million, 160,000-square-foot Solution Center on Flowing Wells Road


OCTOBER: Proposed opening of the first wing


MARCH 2009: The permanent campus should be done


HOW TO GET A JOB


Go to: WWW.ADP.COM/CORPORATE/CAREERS">style="bold">WWW.ADP.COM/CORPORATE/CAREERS. ADP offers careers in information technology, sales, finance, human resources and client services. Six Augusta-based payroll-related positions were added Tuesday.


The company plans to hire 200 to 300 people this summer.


TOP CUSTOMER SERVICE CENTERS

COMPANY JOBS
1. Sitel Corp. 1,150
2. UPS Customhouse Brokerage Inc. 452
3. T-Mobile 350*
4. Knology 300
5. ADP 280**
6. Palmetto GBA 286
7. Medac Inc. 240

* Full employment plans for at least 750


** Full employment plans for at least 1,000


Source: Development Authority of Richmond County

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NotyourDadsBuick
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NotyourDadsBuick 01/30/08 - 10:22 am
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This is great news,

This is great news, especially if ADP continues to pay salaries above the local market and offer sweet bonuses. I pity the employers in Augusta who aren't taking care of their HR, payroll and IT employees because ADP is about to take the best away leaving the other employers stuck with the poor performers.

Archibald Pumpernickel
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Archibald Pumpernickel 01/30/08 - 01:43 pm
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Does ADP really pay that

Does ADP really pay that well?

rcs2749
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rcs2749 01/30/08 - 05:25 pm
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It is according to what you

It is according to what you do but I think at the very bottom scale you are looking at $12.00 hr plus great benefits.

MartinezWest Augusta
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MartinezWest Augusta 01/30/08 - 07:45 pm
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up to 50,000 dollars a year.

up to 50,000 dollars a year. I would think 50,000 a year is a pretty comfortable middle class life. Especially considering this is augusta and not over price manhattan.

iletuknow
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iletuknow 01/31/08 - 09:54 am
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$12.00 an hour for GED with

$12.00 an hour for GED with no experience? I don't think so.

deekster
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deekster 02/01/08 - 10:31 am
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At $12 an hour salary, plus

At $12 an hour salary, plus benefits that cost employers another $12 and hour you get $24 and hour. Wow these folks can apply for a home loan in Jones Creek.

Martinez
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Martinez 02/02/08 - 09:29 am
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Salaries range based on

Salaries range based on experience, job function etc. There are plenty of positions in the $ 50K range (before bonuses) and then there are many at the lower end. Point being, how many jobs can you get for $12 an hour that provide you a clear path and ability to work your way to the $ 50K range? Not to mention, where can you work for $ 12 an hour, get awesome benefits, be treated like a professional and be encouraged and supported in your personal and career goals. I agree with NotYourDadsBuick and can tell you some local companies are already feeling the pain.

WW1949
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WW1949 02/02/08 - 10:36 am
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I am sure some local

I am sure some local companies feel the pain and will have to raise wages which in turn raises their prices to the consumer. The reason ADP can pay those wages is because companies that use them do not have to fully staff their office. They outsource and their cost of operation goes down-less people, less social security matching, less insurance, smaller building, higher profits which is the name of the game.

Martinez
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Martinez 02/02/08 - 12:37 pm
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Only a small piece of ADP's

Only a small piece of ADP's business is true outsourcing. ADP provides products that make companies, particularly HR and Dealer services, more efficient. Sure a company would need more people to manually process payroll versus having an actual payroll system but point being, the company would still need someone to run that payroll system. And while payroll is most known, ADP's business is much more diverse then that.

gnx
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gnx 02/02/08 - 03:51 pm
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ADP's health insurance

ADP's health insurance package is pretty sweet too. I'd gladly take a cut in pay to have their coverage.

gapeach1
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gapeach1 02/04/08 - 03:37 pm
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I would love to do something

I would love to do something in my home. I am pc savvy. Have high speed Internet. I love working. gp

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