COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Battelle is announcing lay-offs here in Central Ohio and across the U.S.
The non-profit, private research and development organization said cuts are needed to remain competitive in the market. According to director of media relations at Battelle Katy Delaney, 260 employees will be let go in Central Ohio with 90 more at locations across the country. The cuts will begin this week.
Delaney said Battelle president and CEO Lewis “Lou” Von Thaer made the announcement in a meeting with employees on Monday. She said the cuts will not dig into the core of their research and development teams, but instead will focus on reducing over-head and management positions.
She said after conducting studies with outside consultants, Battelle found it’s rates were too high. Delaney said the organization has not been winning contracts because they are consistently “too expensive” compared to their competitors.
Battelle has major technology centers and national laboratories around the world. The organization not only conducts research and development, but also designs and manufactures products for the government and commerical customers.
The organization’s headquarters has been in Columbus since its founding in 1929.