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Coastal Communications announces layoffs
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Coastal Communications announced today that it has reduced approximately 40 employees from its Hinesville, Georgia workforce.

The reductions, which will be phased in through April 2008, are related to eliminating job duplications created by the integration of Coastal’s operations with CenturyTel, Inc, according to a press rlease.

All affected employees will be eligible to apply for vacant positions within CenturyTel and will also be eligible for severance, outplacement and job search assistance, the release said.

“Eliminating duplicate positions is a difficult but necessary part of integrating companies,” said Coastal President Durand Standard.  “We are very proud of the excellent job our employees have done over the years and we are committed to maintaining the high level of service our customers have come to expect from us.”

Coastal Communications will continue to have a substantial workforce in the Hinesville area, as all service technicians and other local employees will remain with the company.  Coastal will also retain local offices in Hinesville, Richmond Hill and Fort Stewart to provide customers in-person service.

“CenturyTel is committed to continuing the tradition of serving local customers with the utmost courtesy and concern,” Standard said. “These changes will not impact customers’ ability to order new services or to receive help of any kind with their existing services. They will continue to call the same number and receive the same level of care.”

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