Layoffs looming at Gateway here

Layoffs looming at Gateway here by David Lias Gateway Inc. has announced that a worsening economy and a slowdown in technology spending is forcing it to cut thousands of jobs.

Approximately 430 workers at the call center in Vermillion and a plant in North Sioux City face cuts. An additional 200 workers at the Gateway plant in Sioux Falls began receiving their pink slips Jan. 12.

Approximately 500 full- and part-time employees work at Vermillion's Gateway call center, said Tyson Heyn, Gateway's manager of corporate communications in San Diego, CA.

Workers in Vermillion were informed Jan. 11 that job cuts are pending.

"Employees will be learning more about the impact over the next few weeks," he said. "We anticipate that it will take us a couple of weeks to make all of the reductions at various work sites."

Gateway eventually plans to cut its 21,000 person workforce by 10 percent.

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