Hewlett-Packard Cuts 350 Jobs
May. 28, 1999
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) _ Hewlett-Packard Co. will cut as many as 350 jobs, or nearly 18 percent of its work force here, the company announced Thursday.
About 100 workers will lose their jobs over the next three months. As many as 250 more jobs could be cut in the following months, the company said. Hewlett-Packard now employs about 2,000 in Vancouver.
``This is really tough news to deliver to our people,'' said Beth Quartarolo, a company spokeswoman.
``At the same time, from a business standpoint, the decisions are clear,'' said Bob Weis, general manager of the Vancouver Division.
Although not all of the details have been worked out, Quartarolo said employees will be offered a voluntary severance package, but the company will lay off workers if its targets are not met.
The company shed 1,200 jobs from the Vancouver site last year.
Hewlett-Packard is sending more printer production to outside contractors, both in the Americas and overseas. By getting out of the manufacturing business, Weis said, the company has boosted its profits on inkjet printers.
What remains in Vancouver is the North American hub for designing and marketing inkjet printers for home and office use. Even as the layoffs are being announced, Weis said the company is hiring software and hardware engineers, programmers and top-level marketing people.