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Written by Gabriel Dillard
T-Mobile and Sprint Corp. have selected the â€œCentral Valleyâ€ as a location for one of their jobs-heavy â€œCustomer Experience Centers.â€
While a final site, city or county wasn’t announced (a public relations representative said Monday afternoon he would look into it) â€” and it may be contingent on the telecom giantsâ€™ $26-billion proposed merger closing â€” what is known is that it could create up to 1,000 new jobs in the area.
Fresno Mayor Lee Brand had this to say about the announcement:
â€œThis is great news for the Central Valley. I look forward to working closely with T-Mobile to bring these jobs to deserving families in the Fresno area,â€ Brand said in a statement.
Last month Fresno played host to one of three statewide hearings on how the merger could affect the local community. Some spoke in favor of the merger to the California Public Utilities Commission, while others â€” including the Communications Workers of America District 9 â€”Â warned it would result in the closure of 22 T-Mobile and Sprint retail sites in Fresno, for a net loss of 71 jobs.
The total for all of California would be 3,342 net jobs lost, according to the union that represents workers in communications and media.
The Central Valley site would be the third of five new customer service centers to serve T-Mobile customers, joining plans for facilities in Kansas and New York. Two existing T-Mobile Customer Experience Centers will also be expanding, creating up to 5,600 new U.S. jobs by 2021.
â€œWe needed to find just the right area for our next New T-Mobile Customer Experience Center â€“ and we found it in the Golden State! California and the Central Valley have everything we need to take care of customers â€“ amazing energy, a commitment to innovation and business, and most importantly skilled and diverse people who we canâ€™t wait to join our team of Magenta heroes!â€ said T-Mobile US CEO and New T-Mobile CEO John Legere.
The T-Mobile-Sprint merger is expected to close in the first half of 2019 pending regulatory approvals and other closing conditions.