Electric Lightwave sale official jobs cut at Vancouver site

first_imgAround 40 local jobs at Electric Lightwave have been eliminated after its new Colorado-based owners took over Wednesday.The layoffs were confirmed in an email by Shannon Paulk, a spokeswoman for new owner Zayo Group. Twenty percent of the company’s nearly 1,200 workers will be laid off, she said, and 10 percent of its Washington staff.Before the layoffs, 440 people worked at Electric Lightwave’s offices in the Fisher’s Landing neighborhood, she said, with another 60 or so working in offices in Kent and Spokane. Paulk said all impacted employees were offered severance packages, and around 400 Vancouver workers were offered jobs with the new company.Parts of the company will be absorbed into other divisions of Zayo Group Holdings Inc.Electric Lightwave, formerly Integra, has offices in 10 states, including one in Portland.The Columbian reached out to employees for comment but did not hear back by press time.The $1.4 billion deal was first announced in November. The deal overall creates a bigger footprint for Zayo, a telecom infrastructure company with more than $2 billion in revenues.The company has 115,400 miles of fiber-optic cable in North America and Europe, supplying rapid communications between organizations and companies.last_img