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Creating a “Monster” in Florence, SC

Representatives from the Florence County Economic Development Partnership, the South Carolina Department of Commerce and Red Rock Developments joined Monster officials this month to officially break ground on the career management company’s new customer service facility in Florence, SC.

Monster opened a temporary facility in Florence in September and has been recruiting talent and conducting training efforts since the initial announcement in June 2008. Red Rock Developments of Columbia, SC will be the developer behind the new 75,000-square-foot facility. When the facility is complete in fall 2009, it will open with approximately 350 full-time employees, with the ability to grow staff over time. Monster has already employed over 200 agents at their temporary facility in Florence.

“We are very excited to be breaking ground on the Florence facility,” said Art O’Donnell, executive vice president, Global Customer Services, Monster. “Florence is a prosperous region that we’re confident will provide us with the smart, customer-oriented talent needed to fill a variety of positions to bring best-in-class service to our customers.”

“Monster’s decision to locate in South Carolina is another positive sign that our efforts to enhance the state’s business soil conditions are paying real dividends when it comes to attracting world-class companies and new job opportunities. Today’s groundbreaking brings with it a significant number of new jobs that will positively impact the community in the years ahead. To that end, we remain committed to continuing our efforts to improve the state’s business climate with reforms that will encourage growth and job creation throughout the state,” said Governor Mark Sanford.

“As State Senator and resident of Florence County, I’m very pleased to be a part of such a wonderful occasion and welcome another outstanding corporate citizen to our community,” said Senator Hugh K. Leatherman. “Monster establishing a significant presence in Florence continues to show that this community is open for business.”

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