Monroe, La., to get 400 new jobs in 2012

JPMorgan Chase & Co. says it will add about 400 new jobs in Monroe, La., during the first half of 2012, according to an AP report. The News-Star reports that the jobs will be added to the company’s national mortgage records center. Chase employs about 2,200 workers at the center in Monroe, and has scheduled a job fair Jan. 5 at the Monroe Civic Center.

“Anyone interested in working for Chase should attend the job fair,” said Chase spokesman Greg Hassell. “We’re looking for a full range of skills, from entry level to management.” 

Chase first plans to hire 250 new workers to support its existing document management operations in the Monroe Air Industrial Park. Of those new jobs, about 60 percent will be permanent.

“Chase has continued to grow in Monroe because we’ve been able to hire and retain exceptionally talented people who make our operation a success,” said Dana Milford, senior vice president and site manager for the company’s mortgage documents operation.

Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo, a former Chase employee, said he was thrilled by Chase’s growth.

“Chase is one of the cornerstones of our economic foundation,” Mayo said. “The company’s growth in Monroe brightens the city’s and region’s future, and we’re grateful for the opportunities this will present to those who live here in the coming year.”

The company has signed a two-year lease on a 62,000-square-foot former grocery store to image and house mortgage documents acquired from other companies.

Chase will hire 160 workers for that project, of which about 60 percent will be temporary and 40 percent permanent.

Milford said Chase plans to begin hiring for those jobs in March with the operation up and running by May. The building, owned by Monroe developer Eddie Hakim, has been vacant since 2007.

Milford said entry-level employees don’t need mortgage experience. “Our requirements are basically a willingness to learn and a strong work ethic,” Milford said.


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