FairPoint to cut 90 employees in Maine, NH, Vermont

FairPoint Communications Bangor office entrance in October 2009.
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By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff
Posted April 10, 2013, at 2:40 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — FairPoint Communications plans to lay off 90 workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont in the next three months, according to a company news release.

The cuts come on the heels of the elimination of more than 30 management positions across the company in March, as well as 400 jobs — 130 of them in Maine — in 2011.

The company filed for bankruptcy in the fall of 2009, a year-and-a-half after buying Verizon’s northern New England land-line telephone and Internet operations, but its struggles have continued.

“We are adjusting our workforce to remain competitive in our market and to further position FairPoint for success,” said Greg Castle, executive vice president of human resources.

The company said it planned to provide $5 million to $8 million in severance or incentive payments to “eligible affected employees.” FairPoint expects to save $11 million from the job cuts by 2014.

FairPoint spokesman Jeffrey Nevins said Wednesday that there’s no set date for when the company will announce how many jobs will be lost in each state. FairPoint’s two Bangor locations employ 170 people, Nevins said. In all, 1,200 Mainers work for the company.

 

North Carolina-based FairPoint has about 3,300 employees in 17 states.

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