FORT MYERS, Fla. - There's not a lot of activity at the Alta Resources building on Gateway Boulevard at the moment, but that's expected to change starting in August.
"In this instance, we are utilizing our Ft. Myers facility to support a lot of our health insurance clients," Alta Resources management director Paul Makurat told WINK News. Makurat says the increase in demand can be tied to requirements under the Affordable Care Act.
"There are millions more people buying insurance now," Makurat said. "The insurance companies are reaching out to companies like Alta to help them with their seasonality."
Starting in August, Alta Resources will begin hiring for an estimated 900 seasonal positions, from customer care to management. The company will also help train and license up to 125 sales agents. The license will then stay with the employee, even if the employee leaves the company.
Full and part-time jobs will be available, and are expected to last through the open enrollment period, which goes until mid-February.
Alta Resources came to Lee County in 2013, saying it chose the area - in part - because of the nearby colleges and universities, which offer eager part-time job seekers. A strong bilingual applicant base, and a location in the east coast were also key to the decision.
Although Makurat said he could not disclose pay for the soon-to-be open jobs, he said the positions will be at or above similarly advertised jobs in the market. He expects many of the seasonal employees hired last year to return.
"Unfortunately, we couldn't keep everyone that we hired last year," Makurat said. "But so far we've had very good luck calling people back to work for Alta this fall."
Directly across the street from Alta Resources is the expanding tech firm, Gartner Inc. Lee County has promised the company nearly $1.5 million to bring up to 600 new jobs by year's end. Construction on a new building is already underway next to its current location on Gateway Blvd. in Lee County.