Providian Financial Corp. said it plans to open operations centers in Oakland, Calif., and Arlington, Tex.

The centers will support growth and expansion in consumer lending, predominantly in credit cards. Providian has grown to 6,000 employees, from 4,000 a year ago.

The San Francisco-based company has operations facilities in three other California locations, Salt Lake City, Louisville, Ky., Concord, N.H., and Tilton, N.H.

"I'm very pleased with Providian's growth, and I'm glad we're able to share our success with our communities by creating new jobs," said Shailesh J. Mehta, chairman and chief executive officer.

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