Dell Inc. laid off an undisclosed number of workers at its Oklahoma City campus on Wednesday.
The job cuts come one day after Dell President Steve Felice told The Oklahoman that he was optimistic about the computer technology company's continued presence in Oklahoma City as the firm goes private.
In a statement, Dell said that it announced layoffs to a “small number” of employees in Oklahoma City on Wednesday.
“Affected team members with applicable skills will be considered by redeployment to open positions,” the statement said.
Dell declined to say what Oklahoma City positions had been eliminated, or how many jobs had been cut.
“Out of respect to those affected, and for competitive reasons, we will not provide additional detail,” Dell said in the statement. “We recognize any reduction is significant for affected employees and their teams, and we are working to minimize consequences.”
Felice visited Oklahoma City on Tuesday to talk to employees and community leaders about ongoing changes at the company.
“We're still the No. 1 service provider and that really lends itself to the sales and services we do in Oklahoma City,” Felice told The Oklahoman Tuesday. “Over the long term, we see our presence here growing.”
Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett met with Felice during his visit and said the Dell executive did not talk about planned layoffs in Oklahoma City.
“They didn't mention it,” Cornett said. “They seemed grateful for the performance (of the Oklahoma City site) and optimistic about the facility continuing to be here. I do think they are very pleased about their decision to invest in Oklahoma City.”
Dell continues to be a significant employer in Oklahoma City with about 2,000 employees at its campus, which has also helped boost development in the city along the Oklahoma River, Cornett said.
Dell has struggled in recent years as PC sales have declined in the face of increased competition from mobile devices. Last month, shareholders approved a $25 billion deal led by founder and chief executive officer Michael Dell to take the company private as it looks at shifting its business strategy.
“We are committed to helping affected team members with their transition if they exit the company,” the company said in its statement announcing the Oklahoma City layoffs. “We continuously evaluate ways to deliver customer value, while doing what's right for the business. Meanwhile, Dell is continuing to invest in growing its engineering development, technology solutions and enterprise sales capabilities through hiring across Dell sites globally.”