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50 Pelco layoffs hit Clovis hardest

Clovis-based Pelco laid off 50 people Thursday as part of an effort by the surveillance equipment maker to reduce costs and increase efficiency, company officials said.

Company President Dean Meyer said that while the cuts were difficult, the lingering effects of the U.S. economy forced the company to look at trimming its work force once again.

In January, Pelco laid off 100 people, saying lower-than-expected sales in 2009 were a factor.

This time, Meyer said, the company is looking to create a more globalized operations structure.

Pelco's parent company, French conglomerate Schneider Electric, has operations worldwide, including in China.

Thursday's layoffs mostly affected the operations division in Clovis and took effect immediately. "Of course, we will do our utmost to support those who have been affected and help them find new opportunities," Meyer said.

Despite the recent job losses, Meyer said, Pelco's non-North America business activity is exceeding expectations, and the company continues to fill positions for engineers and for sales and marketing jobs. The vacancies are a result of growth and turnover.

Kathleen Rhodes, Pelco spokeswoman, said there are 20 positions open in those jobs categories.

Pelco continues to employ about 2,000 people worldwide with about 1,800 in Clovis.

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