NILES, Ohio (WYTV) — When it comes to jobs in the Valley, Niles is a bit of an economic hub.
From the hundreds of people employed at the mall and its surrounding businesses, to the downtown area, it is a good place to find a job.
One man WYTV talked to moved to town without any plans for the future and now, has one more secure than he ever imagined.
When Brandon Hall moved to Niles from Chicago five years ago, he had no idea what the future would hold.
All he knew was that his future wife was here.
“I moved here to be with her and didn’t have a job,” said Brandon Hall, procedures manager for West Corp.
After searching for a couple of months, he noticed the West building and decided to apply.
Soon, he had the job he had been searching for.
And five years later, after moving up through the ranks, he couldn’t be happier.
“The sense of comfort is really what it is. Just knowing that I’ll have a paycheck every two weeks. That I’m going to be able to pay my bills,” said Hall.
For the 800 some other employees at West, it’s a similar feeling.
“We provide stability and new employment. A lot of people when they come to West think that they’re just going to be here for a little while. It’s a job. But many many people stay for a career,” said Pat Cascarelli, director of human resources.
West is an inbound call center, taking calls from customers of a national cell phone company.
“We’re one of the largest employers and we have a lot of opportunity for people here,” said Cascarelli.
West is just one bright spot in Niles’ economy.
The mayor says there are many other businesses coming to town.
“We have a lot of commercial building going on. A lot of restaurants and schools and learning centers. A couple industrial we’re working on like, LB Foster on Salt Springs. They are going to bring all their corporate offices and build their plant a little bit bigger,” said Niles Mayor Ralph Infante.
That’s not to say it’s all been good news, though.
Demolition started this year on the GE plant that just a few years ago had more than 100 employees.
“We’re trying to make up for when General Electric closed their plant here in Niles,” said Infante.
As for Hall, a week after his wedding, he’s already looking toward the future.
“Being able to talk future and plans and children and stuff like that. It’s not oh, well, are we going to have money for that. It’s just when do you want to?” said Hall.