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      Mitchell County gaining 60 new jobs

      From a press release issued by the Mitchell County Development Authority:Okinus Credit Solutions, a call center for furniture financing, will host a job fair on May 5 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 147 W. Railroad St. in Pelham in order to help fill 20 new positions due to a recent expansion in Pelham.

      Okinus TM expansion in 2011 included $750,000 in capital investment and the hiring of 65 people to fill high-quality jobs. Okinus TM growth has been so rapid that it needs to hire an additional 20 employees to meet its demands by the end of May. Okinus expects to hire a total of 60 employees over the course of 2012.

      We are looking to hire employees with a range of skills and experience. We need entry level with basic computer skills, college grads with management and other skills and computer programmers. said Okinus co-founder Greg Allen. Our company is rapidly growing and we need to hire at least 20 more employees right away.

      Our employees are our most valuable assets, he said. Our goal is to provide a positive atmosphere for employees where they feel appreciated and enjoy coming to work each day.

      For details about the May 5 job fair, please call 229-294-4575.

      Okinus, founded in 2004 by Mitchell County brothers Greg and Gary Allen and their father, Elmer Allen, is a call center offering credit solutions for furniture consumers. Over the past eight years, Okinus has experienced significant growth and success. The company started out with 5 employees and 30 accounts, and today has 140 employees and more than 25,000 accounts spread over 15 states. Okinus was named the 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Mitchell County Development Authority.

      Gary Allen said much of Okinus TM success is due to its location and dedicated staff. Okinus Credit Solutions TM 2011 $750,000 investment in Pelham included building remodeling, phone and computer systems and other necessary items.

      The low cost of running a business in Mitchell County is one of the reasons my brother and I decided to start our business here, but knowing we are growing hometown jobs makes our decision far more worth it, he said.