Monday, July 25, 2011

Premier Bankcard Closes South Dakota Facility and Lay Off 330 Staff

Premier Bankcard has closed its call center in Spearfish, S.D., and laid off 330 staff.  The handled collections and customer service for the Company.  These tasks will be re-distributed among the company's existing locations in Sioux Falls, Dakota Dunes, Watertown and Huron, South Dakota.

Miles Beacom, Pres. & CEO of First Premier Bank, said that the closure of the facility is a direct result of federal regulations that restrict how and when fees can be assessed on accounts. 

First Premier Bank, headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is the 10th largest issuer of Visa and MasterCard brand credit cards in the United States.  The bank is known for specializing in a wide range of subprime credit cards that are designed to individuals with "less than perfect" credit.

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