IBM To Layoff Workers
ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) _ IBM officials said Tuesday that a change in technology means they will need fewer workers to manufacture discs for computer hard drives.
The affected employees were told Monday night and Tuesday that they would be laid off effective July 7.
IBM officials declined to disclose the total number of layoffs, but employees told the Post-Bulletin of Rochester Tuesday they were told the total was about 170.
IBM-Rochester spokesman Tim Dallman said IBM is switching from aluminum in the computer discs to glass and expects to be completely switched over by July 7. The glass disc manufacturing process requires fewer workers, Dallman said. He said the affected workers are primarily employees who perform manufacturing, assembly or equipment operating services, although some managers are also involved.