CARMEL, Ind. - GEICO is expected to create up to 1,200 new jobs by opening a customer service center in Carmel.
At an announcement with state, local and company officials, the Washington, D.C.-based auto insurer said it will invest millions to lease, renovate and equip 109,000 square feet of space at 101 W. 103rd St.
The office space, which is expected to open by late April, will house insurance agents, their training and supervisory teams and additional management and support staff.
"Initially our jobs here will be sales and service, and what's happened in other centers is that eventually grows to claims and other things," said GEICO Chairman Tony Nicely.
The company plans to hire 400 people this year and 1,200 total by 2016.
"Indiana continues to win the business of leading corporations like GEICO," Gov. Mike Pence said at the announcement. "While our greatest selling point is always our quality workforce, Indiana's fiscal stability, low-tax climate and business-friendly policies make days like today happen."
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered GEICO up to $10 million in conditional tax credits and up to $400,000 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans.
GEICO, which currently has 27,000 associates across the country, plans to begin recruiting immediately. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply here .
"We're very pleased that our substantial growth is making it possible for us to open a new office," Nicely said at the announcement. "We chose central Indiana because we know there is a talented and well-educated workforce in this area and we want to offer people long-term career opportunities as we continue to expand."