HP In Alpharetta Costs Rio Rancho Jobs

HP Facility in Rio Rancho, NM

In 2009 HP took the jobs from Colorado Springs to open a customer support center in Rio Rancho. HP is taking 200 of those jobs and moving them to Alpharetta, Georgia. From the Rio Rancho Observer “HP cutting 25% of local workforce“.

Hewlett-Packard is moving almost a quarter of its Rio Rancho positions to Georgia.
HP spokesman Michael Thacker said the corporation is moving about 200 local jobs in the Customer Solution Center to Alpharetta, Ga. The announcement was made Monday.
Rio Rancho employees may or may not move with their jobs, he said. HP will decide who moves and keeps their jobs, but Thacker said specifics weren’t available yet.
Mayor Tom Swisstack said the positions would be moved by Oct. 31.
“That’s a hard hit, a hard transition for the city,” he said. “Their average jobs paid about $50,000 a year.”

HP will have to pay the city as part of a clawback provision.

HP must pay a penalty each year it fails to meet its employment requirement from now until the end of the 15-year agreement. The size of the penalty is determined by multiplying the average shortfall throughout the year by the annual value of the incentives.
For example, if HP maintains its current level of 860 full-time equivalent employees this year, it will owe the city $53,715.08 next January.

HP will have to pay Rio Rancho roughly the cost of a yearly salary for one employee. I’m sure that will be covered by one of HP’s layoffs.

What’s bad for Rio Rancho is good for Alpharetta. At no time has HP actually created any new jobs.

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HP Comes To Rio Rancho

HP is bringing 1300 jobs in the way of a support center to Rio Rancho. HP is receiving tax breaks and the 1300 jobs could be realized by 2012.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, it’s likely to be build near the new downtown in the same are where the Santa Anna Star Center is. Yet another building that can be added to the list of building to be built in the new downtown which actually are not.

In another example of crack reporting (or reporters on crack) at the Albuquerque Journal:

Jobs at Hewlett-Packard mostly would be in customer support and sales. They could help offset layoffs at Intel, which remains the state’s largest private-sector employer despite cutting about 1,000 jobs during the last year.

I’m not sure how that works. The Intel layoffs were last year and new HP jobs are not likely to come for a while. A year or two at least. Maybe they will come in time for the next round of layoffs.

In any case based on what I read on the Consumerists, HP needs all the support center help it can get.

Note: I don’t actually know of a new round of layoffs at Intel. I’m mostly being sarcastic but I wouldn’t bet on anything in these times.