The walls at the future headquarters of Direct Connect in Sherman’s Jamestown Plaza are painted — what’s the word? Vividly. Red that makes you see red minutes after you’ve looked elsewhere; a yellow that would make a canary blush; green like jealousy come alive; and a deep-ocean blue. The color scheme is meant to emulate successful companies like Google and Microsoft, said an employee at the location, and for 150 job-seekers in and around Sherman, it will become their multi-hued home from eight to five, starting next month.

The walls at the future headquarters of Direct Connect in Sherman’s Jamestown Plaza are painted — what’s the word? Vividly. Red that makes you see red minutes after you’ve looked elsewhere; a yellow that would make a canary blush; green like jealousy come alive; and a deep-ocean blue. The color scheme is meant to emulate successful companies like Google and Microsoft, said an employee at the location, and for 150 job-seekers in and around Sherman, it will become their multi-hued home from eight to five, starting next month.


The Sherman Economic Development Corporation approved job-creation incentives for Direct Connect in the amount of $300,000 on Tuesday; money that will help the start-up spur its initial growth phase and hire hundreds. The first $200,000 will be paid upon demonstrated hiring of the first 100 employees, with the balance paid in January. The company will market credit card processing services to businesses across the country, with the first calls due to be made by the company’s new workforce next month.


A manager with Direct Connect who was not authorized to comment on the record said the operation plans to complete its initial hiring push before summer begins, with eventual staffing levels hopefully topping 400 people once the company hits its stride. Average pay, said the manager, will start at $13 per hour plus sales bonuses.


It’s all music to the ears of SEDCO Executive Director Scott Connell, one of the driving forces behind the incentives the alliance used to land the telecom marketer.


"These are some folks that have some experience in our market, who have managed facilities, so we’re excited about the new jobs coming to market," said Connell during the Tuesday morning board meeting. "They will be hiring immediately."


The SEDCO board also approved an incentive for Progress Park tenant GlobiTech in the amount of $480,000 to offset a portion of $9.6 million in capital investment by the company that will include the addition of 10 new jobs. The Sherman-based maker of silicon-epitaxy will receive two matching payments of $240,000, one when the jobs are created next January and the other in July of next year.


A spokesman with Globitech said the multi-million dollar investment by the company was a move to add production capacity at their south Sherman plant. He explained that the SEDCO incentive helped to ensure that the company’s expansion — and the high-paying jobs that will come with it — occurred in Texas instead of Japan, the home of GlobiTech’s parent corporation.


"We’re excited about having a local company continue to grow in the technology (sector)," said Connell while announcing the monetary package. For the 160 people soon to have new jobs in Sherman, SEDCO’s green will be the color of employment.