TULSA — Direct Energy, an electricity and natural gas retailer that announced it would hire 115 people in Tulsa last year, has reversed its plans and now will lay off 80 local employees later this year, a company official said Friday.
The operations hub in Tulsa will lose those workers beginning in November, Direct Energy spokeswoman Claire Monaghan confirmed.
The employees were told of the layoffs Thursday.
“We wanted to give them time to get themselves prepared,” Monaghan said. “We have some great folks; it's difficult.”
The workforce reduction is a dramatic about-face for Direct Energy. The company, which provides utility services to 6 million customers in 46 states, also is moving from its home at the CityPlex Towers to the Road Science complex at 65th Street and Yale Avenue.
The move will happen this summer. Direct Energy has signed a five-year lease on that facility, Monaghan said.