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500 Losing Jobs at Hewlett-Packard in Conway

Company told employees Monday afternoon it would provide severance packages, help them find new employment.
CONWAY, AR - Five-hundred people are losing their jobs with Hewlett-Packard in Conway.

The losses come as the company streamlines its operations.

The Palo Alto, Calif.-based computer firm opened the $28 million customer support facility in 2010.

The company told employees on Monday afternoon that it would provide severance packages and help with finding employment for those displaced.

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Meanwhile, Arkansas's Second District Congressman Tim Griffin has issued the following statement in response to Hewlett Packard’s decision to lay off employees at its Conway facility:
“My heart goes out to all of those affected by Hewlett Packard’s announcement.  This is terrible and heartbreaking news for the workers, their families and all of Arkansas, and I will work with state and local leaders to help those impacted.  HP’s decision to restructure its business does not change the fact that Conway and Arkansas remain great places for high tech companies to call home, but it highlights why strengthening the economy and encouraging job growth remain my top priorities.” 

Griffin encourages anyone impacted by today’s announcement to contact his district offices. The Conway office is located at 1105 Deer Street, Suite 12, and by phone at (501) 358-3481. Other office locations and directions are available online (click here).

This afternoon we learned that HP informed Governor Mike Beebe of the layoffs this morning. The Governor's Office says Arkansas will help the displaced workers and HP will remain a sizable presence in Conway.

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