Tax incentives offered by Newport and the state helped entice a company to locate a call center in the Newport Shopping Center.
Indianapolis-based Defender Direct Inc. has announced it will open the
call center by the end of January and will eventually employ 100 people
"We think that region right there has great sales people," said John
Corliss, chief operating officer for Defender Direct. "That is a
reflection of our northern Cincinnati site. That is a really strong
location for us."
Defender Direct distributes and markets products for ADT Security Services, Dish Network and General Electric Security Services.
Defender Direct's choice to locate in Newport comes on the heels of
both the city and state approving a 10-year payroll tax incentive for
the company. Newport City Commission in November agreed to lower the
city payroll taxes for the company from 2.5 percent to 2 percent for
each Kentucky resident employed at the call center. The state agreed to
lower its payroll taxes by 1.5 percent for Kentucky residents employed
there. At the time, the company was interested but hadn't committed to
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