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Dish Network to close McKeesport center, cutting 600 jobs |

Dish Network to close McKeesport center, cutting 600 jobs

Thomas Olson
| Tuesday, November 10, 2009 12:00 p.m

The Dish Network said today it will close its customer service center in McKeesport on March 5, throwing about 600 people out of work.

The nation’s second-largest satellite television operator said the center, opened in November 1998, was too inefficient because it is too large.

“The space does not meet our business needs,” said the Denver-based company in a statement. Calls will be routed next March to 12 other calling centers, which will remain open.

It was not immediately clear what kind of severance the employees would receive. Dish Network will conduct job fairs to help employees find other work, including jobs elsewhere at the company, as well as host work shops to hone job-search skills.

“This will not affect customers in any way, as we have the capacity to support the calls via our other U.S. call centers,” said the company.

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