- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) - A Virginia-based federal contractor plans to hire nearly 500 people in southwestern Oklahoma, according to officials from the city of Lawton and the Lawton-Fort Sill Economic Development Corporation.

Serco Inc., headquartered in Reston, Virginia, will bring 475 jobs to Lawton. It provides professional, technology and management services and has about 10,000 employees, The Lawton Constitution reported (http://bit.ly/1wm1Hq8).

Mayor Fred Fitch said the company told him last year that Lawton was one of their best locations because of its labor force. Phil Kennedy, chairman of the Economic Development Corporation, called the jobs a great win for Lawton.

Serco won a July 2013 contract from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to work on the new health benefit exchanges. It operates four centers in the U.S. that work on applications submitted for enrollment into health plans. The others are in Arkansas, Kentucky and Missouri.

The Economic Development Corporation is working with the Virginia business in hosting a job event next week at the Hilton Garden Inn and Convention Center.

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Information from: The Lawton Constitution, http://www.swoknews.com

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