Over the past dozen years, Geico has made big promises about adding jobs in the Buffalo Niagara region. The insurance giant has kept those promises – and then some.
With Geico announcing Tuesday that it will hire another 600 workers at its Amherst customer service center as part of a $15 million expansion, the insurance company is on its way to building a Western New York work force that approaches 3,400 people, making it one of the biggest private employers in the Buffalo Niagara region.
This from a company that started hiring locally in March 2004 with a pledge to have 650 employees by 2006 and 1,800 by 2012.
While many companies have trouble meeting their job creation promises, Geico has consistently delivered. Its local workforce hit 830 people by 2005 and was at 2,400 in 2012. It hired its 2,500th worker in 2013 and now has 2,760 employees.
The Geico Northeast Operations Center in Amherst handles sales, customer service and claims for New Jersey and New England. It also sells other types of insurance to customers, including homeowners insurance.