There was some good economic news to come out of the Allegany County commissioners’ meeting last week. A Nebraska-based company is expanding in the county.
Hamilton Relay, which specializes in call relays for the deaf and hearing impaired, plans to add 44 jobs to its Frostburg Center. The firm currently occupies the second floor at 1 Science Park, but will take over the entire building for the expansion.
Even more jobs could be added later. The firm has told the county commissioners it may add an additional 40 to 50 jobs over time.
Hamilton has its headquarters in Aurora, Neb., and started out as a farm cooperative phone company. While its focus here is on relay calls, it also offers traditional phone and Internet services at other locations. It operates in 17 states, Saipan and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It has 450 employees nationwide.
Under the expansion agreement reached with the county, Hamilton will pay $170,000 per year in rent for years one through three, with incremental increases of $10,000 for option years fur and five.
In August, Xerox announced plans to hire more than 300 people for its call center in Frostburg for both permanent and temporary jobs. That was a reversal of fortune because the company laid off about 100 people last spring. But with the Xerox job gains and now the expansion by Hamilton, good economic news is beginning to be on the upswing in the county.