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Tech firm lays off half of staff

April 10, 2001

Tech firm lays off half of staff



Pittsburgh-based Stargate Industries has laid off about half of the staff at its Hagerstown office but that will not affect its service, its chief operating officer said Monday.

In May 2000, the company's regional office moved from Shepherdstown, W.Va., into 4,000 square feet of a new building constructed at Hagerstown Business Park. Stargate purchased Intrepid in October 1999.

Staffing at the office dropped from nine to four employees about two weeks ago, said company COO Shawn McGorry.

Cuts were made throughout the company, which also has offices in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, he said.

Marketing has been centralized to Pittsburgh, but customers won't be affected by the change, he said.

As with all technology businesses, Stargate has to tighten its belt, he said.

The management team remains in place.

"We intend to be around for a while," he said.

Stargate, which provides local dial-up access in more than 1,000 cities and towns throughout the 48 contiguous United States, has about 100,000 customers.

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- Scott Butki

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