More than 60 out of work as Oxford collections call center closes

By Tony Reaves, Sun Journal
Posted April 12, 2012, at 11:13 a.m.

OXFORD, Maine — More than 60 people lost their jobs Wednesday when CCS Global Holdings closed its Oxford branch.

Gino Sanchez, a human resources manager at the Newton, Mass.-based company, said the closing was a “business decision” but said he couldn’t elaborate. The company’s other locations in New Hampshire and Massachusetts were unaffected, he said.

Sanchez said 64 people were employed at the call center, which made collections for credit card companies.

CCS, which stands for Credit Collection Services, opened the Oxford location in the summer of 2003. They were located at 891 Main St., in a building owned by developer John Schiavi.

Town Manager Michael Chammings said he hadn’t heard about the closing until this morning, but said he was confident that economic development in town would make up for the call center’s losses “tenfold,” and pointed out that the casino is holding a job fair on Saturday.

Call centers “haven’t been the most stable source of jobs in the state of Maine,” Chammings said.

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