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Motorola lays off another 4,000

Thu, 03/22/2001 - 7:00pm
Anne Kerven

Schaumburg, Ill.-based Motorola Inc. will eliminate 4,000 more positions across its Commercial, Government and Industrial Solutions Sector; the Global Telecommunications Solutions Sector; and the Broadband Communications Sector.

Last week, Motorola had announced 7,000 layoffs in its cellphone and pager divisions, and has announced 22,000 cut positions from its 147,000-worker force since December. The layoffs are part of the communications company's efforts to reduce costs and position itself for long-term growth, it reports.

BCS division spokeswoman Jeanne Russo told CEDaily the broadband section was hit least hard, with nearly 110 positions of its 11,000 worldwide eliminated. No word yet on how much BCS will save, or how many workers will simply be moved and how many will go, she notes, though BCS will have to move fast to "substantially complete" that decision by quarter's end. Motorola has established an outplacement program to help with departures. Likewise, she says, at this point BCS has no plans for any more layoffs.

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