EMC Mortgage Corporation, a Texas-based mortgage company and subsidiary of Bear Stearns, will open a second mortgage servicing site in Irvine, California in May that expects to employ a staff of 250 employees within the next 12 to 18 months, the company said yesterday. EMC's new California office will serve as a second site for the company's servicing operations, currently headquartered in Lewisville, Texas, within the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. â€œOur new location in California allows us to better serve our customers with additional hours of service in another time zone,â€? said John Vella, president and CEO of EMC Mortgage Corporation. â€œInitially, our Irvine office will operate as an operations center for customer service and default management.â€? EMC is currently in the process of staffing the new California location with customer service agents and default operations. â€œThe cornerstone of EMC's success is a sincere dedication to customer care, and we are seeking those who share that philosophy as well,â€? said newly-appointed site manager, Eddie Torres, senior vice president of EMC. â€œWe're in search of talented and enthusiastic people who are ambitious, flexible and looking for a long-term career with a growing company.â€? Located at 1833 Alton Parkway, three miles north of John Wayne Airport, the new EMC location in Irvine, California will located adjacent to Encore Credit Corp., a subprime mortgage origination platform. Both companies are subsidiaries of The Bear Stearns Companies Inc. EMC employs more than 1,900 nationally. For more information, visit http://www.emcmortgagecorp.com.