Hawaiian Telcom Reduces Staff

Ron Mizutani
Ron Mizutani

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- One of Hawaii's largest telecommunications providers laid off more than 50 of its employees Thursday.

Hawaiian Telcom says the move is all a part of its reorganization effort which started last October.

The announcement comes after three months of planning and reviewing ways to streamline and cut costs.

Hawaiian Telcom officials say the cuts won't affect customer service.

"What we've tried to do while the entire reorganization has gone on is to think about the customer experience and we don't think it will adversely affect customer service or any kind of opportunities, whether it be business or consumer, as far as products or service," said Ron Mizutani, vice-president of Corporate Communications.

The company has eliminated more than 100 positions, which include the more than 50 management employees laid off on Thursday.

The company says it will continue to evaluate its business plan and didn't rule out future layoffs.