ANNAPOLIS -- A Ford Motor Co. subsidiary will establish a regional operations center in Columbia that could eventually employ as many as 900 people, state and county officials said yesterday.
The move will bring together employees from Ford Motor Credit Co. offices around Maryland and Northern Virginia, Mark L. Wasserman, Maryland's secretary of economic and employment development, said. By the end of next year, 250 people could be working at the new center in the Three Ponds Business Park, part of the Gateway Business Park near Interstate 95 and Route 175.
The Columbia pilot project will perform administration, customer relations and collections services for Ford Motor Credit's offices in White Marsh, Hunt Valley, Rockville and McLean, Va., according to Jim Bright, a company spokesman in Dearborn, Mich. Some employees will remain in those four offices to provide credit approval and dealer service, he said.