- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

GENESEO, N.Y. (AP) - A debt-collection company specializing in student loan defaults says it’s adding 200 jobs in western New York, nearly doubling its workforce.

The expansion of Coast Professional in Geneseo (jen-uh-SEE’-oh) comes after Sen. Charles Schumer (SHOO’-mur) stepped in to make sure the company didn’t lose a federal Department of Education contract.

Schumer announced Tuesday that the company will now hire more than 200 new employees in addition to rehiring 170 that were laid off when the Department of Education was considering ending its contract with Coast in June 2015.

With a new five-year contract secured, the company plans to start building a 15,000-square-foot expansion within the next 30 days and hire new workers over the next two years.

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