A representative from Microsoft sent a Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Nov. 6 to the Oregon Dislocated Workers Unit, informing the department of a 50-employee layoff at the company's Wilsonville location.
The notice cites the layoffs as part of a "schedule of additional position eliminations leading to a plant closure." The layoffs and the positions being dissolved are permanent. These most recent 50 layoffs come shortly after a July 2017 layoff of 61 employees. An undisclosed number of layoffs are scheduled for December through March 2018.
Microsoft came to Wilsonville in 2012 after acquiring Perceptive Pixel, a firm that broke new ground in the development of multi-touch screen technology. But the company kept a low profile until June 2015 when it announced that it would manufacture its Surface Hub devices in Wilsonville. The company announced in July 2017 that the Surface Hub would no longer be made in Wilsonville and began plans for layoffs and eventual closure of the Wilsonville plant.