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Insurance giant to hire 200-plus for Phoenix headquarters

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PHOENIX -- MassMutual Insurance has given the Valley's job front a big shot in the arm, locating its western headquarters in Phoenix.

The site officially opened Wednesday.

The operations base is near Interstate 17 and Peoria Avenue. About 150 people are already working and by next year the company plans to employ 400 people in jobs ranging from customer service to information technology.

Pay ranges from $33,000 to $110,000 a year. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said the company is a great addition to the area.

"Phoenix was ranked by Brookings as the top turnaround economy in the nation. Great things are happening in the city and this state."

The relocation represents a milestone for MassMutual and for Phoenix. It's the first time the insurance giant has had a corporate presence outside of the northeast.

Executive Vice President Elaine Sarsynski said the move was a major undertaking but that the transition was helped by prior relationships in the Phoenix area.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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