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Dot-com RegisterFREE lays off four employees

September 28, 2000

Dot-com RegisterFREE lays off four employees



By LAURA ERNDE / Staff Writer


RegisterFREE has laid off four of its Hagerstown-based employees in what the CEO said he hopes is a temporary setback for the dot-com company.

CEO Jordan J. Glogau said the privately funded company needed to make the cuts for its operation to break even. Unlike many Internet companies, RegisterFREE is not funded by venture capital, he said.

"We're only catching our breath until we kind of readjust. The market's very volatile at this point," Glogau said.

The company recently hired a comptroller, who began the first cost-accounting since RegisterFREE became a subsidiary of the New York-based Name Engine Inc. earlier this year, Glogau said.

The company still has about 20 employees, he said.

Glogau said he was disappointed about the cuts and hopes to be able to rehire the employees in the coming weeks or months. Meanwhile, the company is still growing and plans to hire people for technical and customer support positions that were not affected by the layoffs.

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"I continue to be amazed at the community support," he said.

Name Engine Inc. offers business-to-business Internet-related service, including top-level domain name registrations, name protection services, guardian services, complete search activities, monitoring, and technical consulting services.

The local operations are at the Technical Innovation Center at Hagerstown Community College.

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