UPDATE: Prosperity America brings 300 call center jobs to Columbus

A new teleservices company is coming to Columbus touting a promise to keep jobs from moving overseas.

Prosperity America Inc. announced today it is setting up shop in the former W.C. Bradley call center on Jamesson Road and bringing about 300 jobs to the area over three years. The $500,000 investment is expected to bring in about $15 million in revenue by 2012.

Fred Landrum, president and chief executive officer of Prosperity America, said the company will hire about 25 employees per quarter over three years. They will need employees to man telephones for services including call-center support, customer payment reminders, customer acquisitions and retention. Pay will be between $9 and $12.

As many companies outsource these services to countries such as India, Pakistan and the Philippines, Landrum said he wants to do the opposite — providing opportunities for disabled veterans, families of active duty military, retired military and others in Columbus who have supported the military.

“I think we’ll be more efficient,” said Landrum, a military veteran. Landrum said customer communication will be more effective, leaving callers more satisfied.

“We can’t compete with $70 a week salaries, nor will we try to,” Landrum said. “We’ll compete with quality and efficiency.”

The Georgia Department of Labor in Columbus will assist Prosperity America in hiring employees Saturday. The Department of Labor is located at 700 Veterans Parkway in Columbus. Interested applicants should stop by between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call 706-649-7423 for more information.