Company to bring 100 jobs to area

Programming firm wants to hire

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Rural Sourcing Inc., a technology company that touts itself as bringing outsourced jobs back to America, announced Tuesday that it will locate in Augusta, where it will hire 100 workers.

Monty Hamilton (center left), the CEO of Rural Sourcing Inc., announced Tuesday that the company will locate in Augusta and hire 100 people over the next five years. The company says it brings outsourced jobs back to America.  Corey Perrine/Staff
Corey Perrine/Staff
Monty Hamilton (center left), the CEO of Rural Sourcing Inc., announced Tuesday that the company will locate in Augusta and hire 100 people over the next five years. The company says it brings outsourced jobs back to America.

"Essentially, when you get down to it, we are in the business of bringing jobs back to the United States," CEO Monty Hamilton said in a news conference held by the Development Authority of Richmond County, which worked with the state to recruit the company to Augusta.

Augusta officials said the high-tech jobs will allow the community to keep some of its best young talent and gain a foothold in recruiting similar companies.

"For me, to keep a vibrant and sustainable community, you have to recruit and retain the best and brightest young people from around the nation really," Mayor Deke Copenhaver said. "A company like this, with 100 tech jobs, allows us to do that, so it's a huge step forward for the city."

Atlanta-based Rural Sourcing is an arm of Clarkston Consulting, and its employees write code for computers. The company's work runs the gamut from making applications for iPhones to creating high-level computer systems for clients such as R.J. Reynolds.

The company will be based downtown in Enterprise Mill and has already hired three workers who will start Monday, said Ingrid Miller, the company's director for operations.

Miller said she hopes to have at least 10 more workers begin by Jan. 1 and to have the company expand to 100 employees within three to five years.

Salary for a new graduate who is hired would likely range between $35,000 and $45,000, not including benefits and bonuses, Hamilton said.

Augusta State University and Augusta Technical College together graduate between 40 and 50 students each year with computer science and programming skills, said Terry Elam, the chairman of the development authority and the president of Augusta Tech.

Economic development officials convinced Hamilton that the work force was available to sustain growth.

"It became obvious that there are a number of graduates who come out with those skills with programming capabilities who just don't have a lot of opportunities to stay here and put those to use," Hamilton said.

Rural Sourcing is growing because of clients who have become frustrated working with companies that have outsourced to places such as China and India, Hamilton said.

"We're very cost-competitive," he said. "We find low cost-of-living locations where bright young people are, frankly, willing to trade off some salary for being able to stay here or not get on a plane and live that life on the road."

He said be believes that tens of thousands of outsourced jobs can be brought back to the U.S.

The company's facility in Jonesboro, Ark., has already expanded to larger buildings twice, proving the model can work, Hamilton said.

Elam said customer service centers in Augusta such as Automatic Data Processing prove the trend has legs.

"We like that trend, and we think that trend means a lot for our economy," Elam said.

Want to apply?

Rural Sourcing Inc. is accepting résumés at www.ruralsource.com/careers.aspx. At least 10 workers are expected to be in place by Jan. 1, and the company wants to expand to 100 within five years, says Ingrid Miller, the director for operations.

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bclicious
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bclicious 12/01/10 - 05:40 am
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Keep those jobs coming; we

Keep those jobs coming; we need'em!!!

bettyboop
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bettyboop 12/01/10 - 06:23 am
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Now this makes sense!!

Now this makes sense!!

wribbs
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wribbs 12/01/10 - 06:48 am
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I think this trend will

I think this trend will continue. Working in IT its frustrating to get someone on the phone from overseas, they don't understand me and I don't understand them. Most of them work from a script and don't have common sense. Companies that use overseas labor are probably loosing any benefits the cheap labor provides due to support taking longer and customers getting frustrated. I can imagine its also a lot harder to manage those folks; language barriers, time zone differences, culture, etc.

Also, the workers overseas are going to get tired of being paid pennies, the cost of their labor will probably go up, further eroding any benefits of using them.

Great job and good news for Augusta!

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Riverman1 12/01/10 - 07:49 am
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Deke is like a fly around the

Deke is like a fly around the watermelon. Where there's trouble you can't find him, but bring out the goodies and you have to swat him away from the camera.

But this company coming here is hardly what it was purported to be. It just started 5 years ago and has dreams of growing. Heck, you would have thought they were constructing a huge building somewhere like ADP. I wish them well, but to say they may go up to 100 employees here in 5 years is simply them being optimistic. They may not. It certainly isn't going to be a large concern for a long time if they are just in an office in Enterprise Mill.

fd1962
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fd1962 12/01/10 - 08:59 am
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Riverman, don't you think the
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Riverman, don't you think the timing's perfect to subsidize another make-believe airline for servicing the fantasy traffic these fantasy jobs will generate? I mean, we're rolling now. Wouldn't three daily flights between Augusta and Ogden, Utah be the dream ticket?

fd1962
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fd1962 12/01/10 - 09:05 am
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Also, about 350,000
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Also, about 350,000 applications have already been invented for iPhones. Apple actually purchased four of them.

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GOSHEN77 12/01/10 - 09:07 am
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Notice how they keep saying

Notice how they keep saying young people? I wonder what the average age of the workforce will be? There plenty of Techies in their 40's and 50's in this country who would move here for an IT job. Does the company plan to discriminate based on age?

KingJames
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KingJames 12/01/10 - 10:05 am
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I work in the IT industry,

I work in the IT industry, and I can tell you this is great news for Augusta. The company won't discriminate based on age, but they will hire anyone with education, experience, or a combination of both whose salary requirement falls within the range of $35K to $45K. The salary range is the reason they are talking about hiring young graduates. In some areas of the country, an experienced programmer is worth twice what this company will pay.

GOSHEN77
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GOSHEN77 12/01/10 - 10:40 am
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KingJames, 45k a year may be

KingJames, 45k a year may be good for a college grad but do we have the IT community here to take those jobs. Somethings fishy.... willl any of these workers be Visa imports?

sonic_imperial
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sonic_imperial 12/01/10 - 11:21 am
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40 to 50 CS grads eh? I

40 to 50 CS grads eh? I wonder how many of them can truly program beyond the simplistic class assignments? Seems like they would have to hire some experienced programmers as well.

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countyman 12/01/10 - 12:29 pm
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The salaries range from $35k

The salaries range from $35k to $80k... New graduates salaries range from $35k to $45k...

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countyman 12/01/10 - 01:23 pm
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The workforce at ADP will

The workforce at ADP will grow to 1000 employees. It's a little unfair to compare the size of their building to a company hiring 100 people...

The location of Rural Sourcing offers more.. Enterprise Mill is huge and features 56 lofts, 40k square feet of restaurant- retail, space, and 100k square feet of office space. It's also close to the Broad street amenities.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/01/10 - 02:09 pm
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LOL..Countyman is now looking

LOL..Countyman is now looking up Enterprise Mill.

KingJames
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KingJames 12/01/10 - 02:24 pm
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Goshen, please be a little

Goshen, please be a little more optimistic. If Augusta doesn't have the workforce to support this company, then it will recruit from outside the area. Companies are starting to look at Augusta because the cost of living is lower, so the workforce will settle for lower pay and slower pay increases than in areas like Atlanta. The starting pay is competitive enough to get new graduates to relocate to Augusta. Even if the company has to bring in workers from other places, it will still be good for Augusta because those workers will still spend money in the area. I work for a company with the opposite problem. The CEO started it in America, but went home to his native China to open an office and a factory. Most of the employees are in America and a few in Europe, though. A lot of the ITs in my office write code for products that are made in China and shipped throughout the world. My point is, the Visa imports you talk about do actually contribute to the American economy. The thing most people should be worried about now is trying to make the city safer so more companies will want to open up shop in the area.

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