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IRS to move jobs to Martinsburg, W.Va.

January 22, 1998

By DON AINES

Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A nationwide streamlining of Internal Revenue Service centers will add more than 100 jobs at the Martinsburg IRS Computing Center, U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd's office said Thursday.

The new jobs will increase the economic impact of the IRS center from $46 million a year to $53 million, according to a release.

"No decisions have been made as to what sections and personnel will be moved," said Ann Adler, a spokeswoman for Byrd's office.

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She said the number of local jobs would increase from the current 778 to 894 over a period of about a year.

"Those folks who are being laid off at some of the other centers around the nation will have first crack at those jobs, but obviously there will also be openings for local folks when the process begins," Adler said.

Adler said another service center in Memphis, Tenn., will gain 97 jobs as a result of the consolidation.

The announcement said U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin recently informed Byrd that the streamlining involves "the workload and hardware at the agency's 10 IRS service centers."

In addition to Memphis, other centers are in Fresno, Calif.; Ogden, Utah; Austin, Texas; Andover, Mass.; Kansas City, Mo.; Atlanta, Ga.; Philadelphia, Pa.; and Cincinnati, Ohio.

Byrd dedicated the 106,500-square-foot IRS center at the Liberty Business Park in August 1996, and announced that construction of a second phase would increase the size of the complex to 275,000 square feet. That building will be ready for occupancy in early 1999, according to Byrd's office.

Byrd also has announced an additional 52 jobs will be added at the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms National Tracing Center at the Spring Mills Commercial Park in northern Berkeley County. That will raise the number of jobs to 200 and increase the economic impact of the weapons tracing center to $8 million a year, he said.

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