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Dell cuts undisclosed number of jobs in Oklahoma City

Cuts come on same week Dell president visited Oklahoma City and said company expects local presence to grow.
by Brianna Bailey Published: October 17, 2013

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.”

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by Brianna Bailey
Business Writer
Brianna Bailey has lived in Idaho, Germany and Southern California, but Oklahoma is her adopted home. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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