Why Monday is a big deal for the Hamilton business community

Barclaycard US plans to open Monday its new Hamilton call center at Vora Technology Park on Knightsbridge Drive. The credit card servicing business is expected to eventually create about 1,500 jobs at the Hamilton location, which will become one of the company’s four call centers in the U.S.

More than 40 new hires are supposed to start training Monday at Barclaycard in Hamilton, company spokesman Matthew Fields previously said.

Hiring for customer care and fraud positions will continue as operations ramp up throughout the year, Fields said. Job seekers can apply anytime online at barclaycardcareers.com.

Barclaycard is a division of United Kingdom-based Barclays Bank. Employees of the center will provide customer service support for card members who participate in co-branded credit card programs, as well as payment products featuring the Barclaycard brand, according to the company.

Meanwhile, auto supplier ThyssenKrupp Bilstein of America Inc. is celebrating Monday the completion of the first phase of a planned two-phase expansion, according to the company. In honor of National Engineers Week, the event will highlight the people, processes and technology that have made Bilstein an industry leader, according to the maker of shock absorbers.

As part of the expansion and in exchange for tax breaks, the company committed to creating at least 200 new jobs by the end of 2017. Current local employment has grown to about 680 workers, according to Bilstein.

“It’s kind of like a new generation of businesses being added to the community. It really speaks to the diversity of our economic base in the city that we’ve got advanced manufacturing and white collar industries both growing at the same time,” said Jody Gunderson, economic development director of Hamilton.

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