abc
QUICK LINKS:

Telemarketing Company Dissolved, 104 Lose Jobs in Eveleth

Updated: 04/02/2014 10:45 PM
Created: 04/02/2014 7:50 AM WDIO.com
By: Logan Gruber & Maarja Anderson

More than 100 people are out of a job on the Iron Range after a telemarketing business in Eveleth closed their doors Monday.

Meyer Teleservices closed their headquarters in St. Cloud, a call center in Little Falls, and the one in Eveleth. Nearly 200 people lost their jobs. 100 of the jobs were at the Eveleth location.

The company was created after the Watergate scandal to raise funds for the Democratic Party. Fundraising through telemarketing was its major service and revenue source.

Owner Gary Owen says the decreasing number of telephone land lines and the lack of access to cell phones have crippled his business. He says politicians are turning to the Internet to raise funds.

Owen says he did everything possible to remain open, using his retirement money and house equity. He said it's been a tough few days and he's sorry he disappointed so many people.

Craig Himmelright is one of the 104 employees who lost their job Monday. Owen said they do not have funds for severance pay.

"I started back in October of 2009 and I was just recently promoted to supervisor," he said.

He was promoted the first week of March. Now, he's looking for a new job. Unfortunately, this is a storm he's weathered before.

"I worked at LTV Steel and I also worked at Kimball Electronics and both places shut down the same way," he said.

The company has been in Eveleth since 2007. IRRRB Commissioner Tony Sertich said the loss is felt across the Range.

"This business has been in existence on the Iron Range for eight years and we helped support bringing them to the Range," he said. "Certainly, our first thoughts are with those Rangers who lost jobs."

In addition to the lost jobs, the company leaves behind a debt of $250,000 to the IRRRB. Equipment in the building will likely cover the loan, said Sertich.

Sertich said there are similar jobs available on the Range. He asks the employees to contact their local workforce center for help.

Front Page

  • Lydia Marie Barney Woman Charged with Murder after Stabbing in Stoney Brook Township

    There is new development in the murder case on the Fond du Lac Reservation. The husband of the victim has been released, and he is facing no charges. Instead, the woman who police had been searching for, Lydia Marie Barney, has been charged with second degree murder.

  • New York Officials: Doctor has Ebola, 1st in City

    A Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, according to preliminary test results, city officials said Thursday. He's the fourth confirmed case in the U.S. and the first in the nation's biggest city.

  • Minn. Officials Walk Through Mock Ebola Scenario

    More than 100 representatives from several Minnesota agencies are going through a mock exercise to review the state's preparedness in the event of a case of Ebola.

  • No Injuries in Early Morning Esko Structure Fire

    Deputies say there were no injuries in an early morning structure fire in Esko Thursday. Crews responded to the 200 block of Nelson Road around 4:30 a.m. Deputies said the cause of the fire was not suspicious.

  • 1 Dead, 1 Arrested in Cass County Crash

    An Aitkin County man is in custody and another person is dead after a two-vehicle head-on collision in Cass County. 

 

Dense Fog Advisory

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Southern Cook, North Shore; Southern Lake, North Shore
Expires: 10/24/2014 11:00 AM

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement