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MEMBER NEWS

United Collection Bureau Expands to Southeast Indiana

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CA International member
company United Collection
Bureau Inc. is growing its
business and job offerings with an
expansion in Clark County, Ind.,
supported by the state's governor and
economic development board.
UCB, a provider of business process
outsourcing and accounts receivable
management solutions, established a new
call center that is expected to create up to
621 new jobs by 2022.
"We're excited to welcome UCB to Indiana
and grateful for the good jobs they'll create
for Hoosiers," Gov. Eric J. Holcomb said in a
news release. "Companies like UCB continue
to take advantage of our pro-growth business
environment and skilled workforce. As a
state, we'll continue to equip businesses with
the tools and stability they need for success
today, tomorrow and in the years ahead."
The Ohio-based company invested $2.4
million to lease, renovate and equip a
55,000-square-foot facility at the River Ridge
Commerce Center in Jeffersonville, Ind.
"We are very excited to be establishing
our presence in the state of Indiana,"
Michael Karosas, chief operating

officer of UCB, said in the news release.
"Indiana's pro-business environment and
skilled workforce distinguished itself
from other locations we were considering,
and we look forward to a bright future
here in Indiana."
The company employs approximately
1,000 associates at its facilities in Ohio,
Florida and Costa Rica. UCB began hiring
representatives, management and other
operational associates for the Indianabased call center in May. By the end of
2019, the company plans to complete the

first phase of recruiting, hiring over 300
full-time employees.
The Indiana Economic Development
Corporation board of directors offered
UCB up to $3.5 million in conditional tax
credits based on the company's job creation
plans, and up to $150,000 in training grants.
These incentives are performance-based,
meaning until employees in Indiana are
hired, the company is not eligible to claim
incentives. The city of Jeffersonville, Clark
County and southern Indiana support this
project.

ACA Member Obituaries
JERRY MIKEL 'MIKE' PORTER
Jerry Mikel "Mike" Porter, age 70, of Blue
Springs, Mo., passed away on May 1, 2018.
Porter, who was a member of the Missouri
Collectors Association, founded an accounts
receivable management company called The
Heartland Agency. Porter was a U.S. Army
veteran, having served during the Vietnam
War era.
He was preceded in death by his wife,
Jane Ann Fite Porter. He is survived by
two daughters, Melissa (Jason) Cane and

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Lihianna Porter, two grandchildren, three
brothers and one sister.

EDWARD J. GILBODY
Edward J. Gilbody, age 81, former president
of Gragil Associates Inc. in Pembroke,
Mass., passed away May 13, 2018.
Gilbody, IFCCE, founded Gragil
Associates Inc., which recently celebrated
its 50th year in business. He was known
as a successful entrepreneur who
employed many people in his community,

according to an obituary published in The
Boston Globe.
Among his many accomplishments in
the industry and with ACA International,
Gilbody achieved ACA International's
Scholar Designation in 1989 and received
the Fred Kirschner Instructor Achievement
Award in 1991 and 1995.
Gilbody is survived by his wife of 59
years, Elizabeth, sons David and William,
sister Rosanne LaVacca, grandchildren,
nieces and nephews.

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