Clearwire leaves Milton for Escambia County

February 20, 2012

It’s a first. A Santa Rosa County business leaves and moves to Escambia County…though I’m not sure the payroll is equivalent to that of Avalex that left downtown Pensacola for south Santa Rosa County.

Press Release: Clearwire (NASDAQ: CLWR), a leading provider of wireless broadband services, today announced the opening of a new customer care center in Escambia County, Florida at 181 East Nine Mile Road. Employees relocated from the call center in Milton, Florida over the past several days.

“We chose this new location because it was the right fit for our employees in the Pensacola region who had worked in nearby Milton,” said Geoff Levy, Head of Customer Care for CLEAR. “The new facility provided the right square footage, set up costs, amenities and nearby restaurants for our employees. We thank the officials of Santa Rosa County for our long standing partnership in that community for the past 5 years and look forward to working with officials in Escambia County.”

As part of the moving process to the new facility, Clearwire donated 410 computers and monitors from the facility to the Santa Rosa School District.

“Clearwire has always been vocal that they feel our workforce is worth staying for,” said Dave Hoxeng, Chairman TEAM Santa Rosa EDC, Inc. “When we determined the existing Clearwire facility could no longer meet their needs, we looked region wide to identify one that would. We are pleased they are remaining here to allow their current workforce to stay intact. Clearwire continues to be an asset to this region.”

“We are glad that Clearwire has decided to continue to operate in the Escambia-Santa Rosa MSA,” said County Commissioner Board Chairman Wilson Robertson. “The region has a skilled and trained workforce that can ensure Clearwire meets the current and future needs of their customers.”

The new facility will house 110 employees full-time and will operate 24 hours a day 6 days a week.

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