By Sally Voth -- firstname.lastname@example.org
The world's biggest credit union is about to get even larger in Frederick County.
Navy Federal Credit Union is investing millions of dollars to build another facility on its Winchester campus and add 400 jobs, according to a news release from Gov. Bob McDonnell's office. It says the city was competing for the project with Florida.
Patrick Barker, Winchester-Frederick County Economic Development Commission executive director, said Tuesday that this project is one that everyone should be very pleased about.
"There's not many other indicators on how well an area is performing economically until you have expansion," Barker said. "I think that's really just a testimony to an area's successes.
And, 400 "is a big number" when it comes to new jobs at one time, he said. The credit union has about 500 workers at its site on Security Drive in Winchester.
"They're really forward-moving jobs," Barker said. "These are above-average salaries for this area, and they're career-focused opportunities as well."
While most of those jobs are going to be customer-support positions, call-center is not the right term for the openings, according to Barker. The workers won't be calling residents in the evening, but instead will be taking calls from credit union members, he said.
"These are educated people who have to be able to communicate and think critically," Barker said.
He said salaries will be above $40,000.
Navy Federal Corporate Communications Manager Jeanette Mack said via email Tuesday afternoon that most of the new positions at the expanded contact center will be member service representatives taking calls from members around the globe, although there also will be security, management, work station analyst and human resources positions.
Barker attributed Navy Federal's decision to expand in Winchester to the available workforce here and the proximity to the company's Vienna headquarters.
Mack said via email Navy Federal also plans to expand in Florida.
Expect the project to start soon, Barker said.
"They will start [to] move dirt in the next probably month," he said.
Mack's email states construction will take a year. To apply for a job, go to Navyfederal.org, select "About Us," and then "Careers," it states.
Nearly 80 years old, Navy Federal has 4 million members, 10,000 employees, and $50 billion in assets, according to the release.