COLUMBIA (WACH/AP) -- Time Warner Cable is expanding its operations in Lexington County, investing $24 million that's expected to create almost 650 new jobs during the next year.
The company said Friday that the new jobs are being created with an expansion of its telephone sales support and payment operations in West Columbia.
Time Warner Cable officials say the jobs are for highly skilled customer care workers and the pay range starts at approximately $40,000 a year.
??Time Warner Cable has been an important part of our state??s business community for years and today??s announcement shows they are committed to growing in South Carolina. The company??s growth will bring good-paying jobs that will have an impact throughout Lexington County and the Midlands as a whole,?? said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.
The jobs will fill the new, centralized in-house Retention Center, Telesales Operations Support department and Payment Services department. The new Center of Excellence off Platt Springs Road will serve customers all along the East Coast.
The expansion increases the number of jobs that the company provides in South Carolina by more than 50 percent. Time Warner Cable already employs about 1,300 workers in the state.
Gov. Nikki Haley said that the expansion is another indication of South Carolina's business-friendly climate.
The cable and internet company is currently hiring for the new jobs. It's planning to hold a job fair on January 8 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m at its West Columbia offices.
Another second open house will be held on January 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn on Farrow Road.
According to a company release, Time Warner Cable offers medical, dental, and vision benefits, as well as a matched 401(k) plan and tuition reimbursement.