BWC to add 11 jobs to Portsmouth

By Chris Slone -

The Ohio Bureau of Workers (BWC) Compensation is adding 11 jobs to Portsmouth, with the intention of being operational at the first of the year.

There will be 10 call-center positions and one supervisor position filled, which will be based out of the office on the campus of Shawnee State University, 1005 Fourth St.

“We have a call center for our customers, injured workers and employers to call for assistance,” Melissa Vince, public relations manager for the Ohio BWC, said. “We’re hoping to insure that our customers don’t have long wait times, that we’re able to get to them quickly. We think this will certainly help.”

The existing Shawnee State office has approximately 40 people currently working there. With the new call center, the BWC anticipates approximately $500,000 will be added a year in salary and benefits to the Portsmouth Community.

“We know these jobs could have gone anywhere in the state, and we appreciate BWC’s commitment to Portsmouth,” Lisa Carver, Area Chamber of Commerce, said. “These 11 new, well-paying jobs are important for our area, and BWC will have no trouble finding qualified people to fill them.”

The new call center will complement BWC’s main call center in the Columbus suburb of Pickerington, which fields approximately 400,000 inquiries a year.

“BWC has a longstanding presence in Portsmouth and we’re pleased to bring well-paying jobs to this exceptional southern Ohio community,” BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison said. “Our claims office has been in Portsmouth for many years, and we know the area is stocked with qualified workers eager to join our team.”

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By Chris Slone

Reach Chris Slone at 740-353-3101, ext 1927, or on Twitter @crslone.

Reach Chris Slone at 740-353-3101, ext 1927, or on Twitter @crslone.