MOBILE, Ala. – Governor Bob Riley announced that Ryla, Inc. has selected the Mobile County community of Saraland as the site for its Gulf Coast Expansion plans, bringing 1,200 jobs to the area.
Ryla is a Kennesaw, Ga.-based company providing outsourced call centers and customer contact solutions to Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and non-profit organizations.
The privately owned company will make a capital investment of approximately $8.5 million in establishing its new regional headquarters, a corporate data center and a regional customer contact center.
This project is anticipated to create approximately 1,200 full time positions with an average base wage of $21,754 plus bonuses and benefits.
Ryla officials anticipate the first 400 jobs to be created by early summer, and the remaining 800 jobs created by the end of 2011.
“This is probably the only announcement of more than 1,000 new jobs taking place in America today and it’s happening here in Alabama,” said Governor Riley. “We are proud to welcome Ryla to our state and look forward to a long and prosperous partnership.”
Mark Wilson, who co-founded Ryla with his wife, Shelly Wilson in 2001, serves as the company’s president and chief executive officer.
Wilson said significant growth created the need to increase operations outside of the Georgia area.
“We are proud to be expanding into the Mobile area by hiring and creating more than 1,000 new jobs over the next few years,” said Wilson. “Ryla applauds the Governor, as well as state and local leadership for approving incentives that fuel economic development and create employment opportunities domestically.”
Saraland officials said they are looking forward to working with the new Ryla team.
"These are solid jobs with flexible scheduled that will appeal to a broad base of potential employees," said Win Hallet, Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce president.