TERRE HAUTE — A California company plans to create 600 jobs at a new call center in the city by 2009, state officials announced Thursday.

Alorica, a service management firm based in Chino, Calif., plans to locate its business in a shopping center in the western Indiana city.

“We’re always working on improving the competitive environment in Indiana to attract more new job-creating investment,” Gov. Mitch Daniels said in a statement. “Today, that effort will help Hoosiers in the Terre Haute area, and the decision to locate here couldn’t come at a better time.”

Drug maker Pfizer Inc. announced Tuesday it would close its manufacturing plant in the city by the middle of next year. The company previously said it would lay of 660 workers, and the closure will eliminate the remaining 140 positions.

Community developers said the announcement was good news.

“We welcome Alorica to our community with open arms,” said Steve Witt, president of the Terre Haute Economic Development Corp.

Alorica, which has more than 7,500 employees worldwide, plans to begin hiring customer care workers and managers in May.

“Hoosiers are known for their hospitality and strong work ethic-values that align well with our commitment to quality,” said Andy Lee, the company’s founder and chief executive.

Alorica has already posted some job openings on its Web site. The call center would handle calls for a variety of companies.

Alorica also has call centers in California, Florida, Kansas, Oklahoma, South Dakota and the Philippines.

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