Agilent Technologies Inc. announced Monday it will eliminate 100
jobs by the end of the month from its semiconductor manufacturing
line in Fort Collins.
Based in Palo Alto, Calif., Agilent, 4380 Ziegler Road, was spun
off from Hewlett-Packard in 1999 and has since laid off about
12,000 employees worldwide.
Agilent planned to lay the workers off later this year, but
sluggish demand for the production of semiconductors prompted the
quick dismissal of 11 percent of its employees, leaving about 800
employees working in the Fort Collins branch, said Jean Mooney,
spokeswoman for Agilent.
In Colorado, Agilent employs about 2,800 people.
Mooney said employees were not left in the dark and were told in
a timely fashion.
“We always give our employees plenty of time,” Mooney said.
The 100 people laid off will receive a severance package of at
least three months pay and access to outplacement services, Mooney
Agilent reports it made $6.1 billion in net revenue for 2003 and
serves customers in 110 countries in the communications,
electronics, life sciences and chemical analyses fields.