Sitel lays off 150 in Andalusia

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ANDALUSIA, AL (WSFA) - A Covington County employer announced bad news Wednesday morning. Pink slips will soon go out to more than 150 people.

The layoffs are set to hit Sitel, a customer call center. The affected employees will be let go on December 1.

It wasn't long ago Sitel was seeking job applications. It hired more than 200 people in February.

WSFA 12 News spoke with Andalusia mayor Earl Johnson after the layoff news broke.

Mayor Johnson admits the reduction is significant but says he's confident the remainder of the workforce will remain stable and that managment is aggressively seeking new clients to absorb the loss.

Johnson added that the decision to terminate numerous employees was not a reflection on the workforce or Sitel's performance.

Mayor Johnson's full statement

As mayor of the City of Andalusia, I am saddened to hear that Sitel will terminate the employment of 150 of their customer service representatives, coaches and learning specialists on December 1, 2009.

WSFA 12 News is seeking further reaction and will have more information as it becomes available. Watch WSFA 12 News and 5:00 and 6:00 for the latest.

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