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"Answer Financial" celebrated the opening of its new East Tennessee call center Tuesday.

The insurance exchange hopes to hire 50 people for its new center on Comstock Road in west Knoxville by the end of the year.

The building now serves as the company's primary sales center. There, hundreds of insurance agents help people across the country compare rates on auto and home insurance and get coverage.

Answer Financial's CEO says the company has been in East Tennessee for more than 10 years.

"We made the decision to move our location here to west Knoxville because of the nice, easy access to highways, all the great restaurants, banks, services and ammeninities we have here in the area," said Rob Slingerland.

The west Knoxville call center already employs about 300 people. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles.

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