Unisys Corp. on Thursday said the closing of a nearly 180-employee service center in Rochester, N.Y., will result in about 100 of those positions becoming part of – but not in addition to – the 700 jobs the company will have in downtown Augusta by 2019.
When news of the closing reached Augusta earlier this week, it was not immediately clear what impact the move would have on employment at the 74,000-square-foot operation at Discovery Plaza. Unisys spokesman Brian Daly said Thursday the closing of Rochester later this year should create about 100 positions locally.
“Those jobs will contribute toward the goal of 700 positions we have previously said that we anticipate creating in Augusta by the end of 2019,” he said.
Daly called the relocation “part of an ongoing global initiative to streamline operations by consolidating work into a smaller number of facilities” used to serve its mainly corporate and government agency customers.
Daly said Rochester employees can apply for any open positions at Unisys, including those at the Augusta client service center, where the Pennsylvania-based company provides secure service desk functions for the Army and IT support services to several commercial clients.
“As part of this initiative, we have positioned Augusta as our flagship client service center,” he said.
Unisys said downsizing at the New York center would begin in May.
The Augusta center, whose workspace was doubled over the fall by a second-floor expansion inside the Port Royal building, is bringing on new employees daily and is roughly halfway to the 700-employee mark.
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