A Mount Vernon facility that digitizes military veterans’ records for the federal government plans to hire 600 people to handle a contract expansion, officials announced Friday.
SourceHOV now has about 370 employees in Mount Vernon, so the expansion would more than double its workforce.
The company plans to renovate a nearby 55,000-square-foot building once used by a uniform plant that closed in 2005.
Officials said it will take workers from several counties to fill the jobs.
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“It can lift a whole area,” said Rockcastle County Judge-Executive Doug Bishop.
In fact, it could be a challenge to fill so many jobs, officials said.
Workforce agencies are gearing up to help SourceHOV find employees, and Gov. Matt Bevin urged people at the announcement to spread the word about the jobs through social media.
U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers and Bevin, both Republicans, joined company officials to announce the planned expansion.
“This is a great day for Southern and Eastern Kentucky,” Rogers said.
Rogers said the availability of high-speed Internet service that runs along nearby Interstate 75 is important to SourceHOV’s work. An ongoing project to spread broadband throughout Eastern Kentucky — a priority of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region, or SOAR, initiative — will help other places in the region compete for technology-based jobs, he said.
Bevin and Rogers said the work SourceHOV workers do to convert paper records to digital format is important helping veterans get benefits more quickly.
The contract that makes the expansion possible is for five years.
A company called CSRA won the contract from the Department of Veterans Affairs in a competitive bid process and subcontracted with SourceHOV to do the work, according to Rogers’ office.
Bevin noted that while the contract will end, SourceHOV will be in a good spot to compete for others because of its workforce.
“It will go where there’s a workforce that’s ready,” Bevin said of such work.
Company officials said SourceHOV has been operating in Kentucky for 24 years. It has four other facilities in the state, and the desire is for more growth, said Arjun Reddy, a company vice president.
“We want to bring more and more of our business here,” Reddy said.
The starting salary for the new jobs at SourceHOV is $10.52 an hour, and the company offers insurance benefits, according to Rogers’ office and company officials.