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Verizon Wireless to Shut Offices Affecting 5,200 Workers

Verizon Wireless, the biggest U.S. mobile-phone carrier, plans to close five customer-service call centers in a cost-cutting move that will affect 5,200 workers.

The company will shut facilities in Meriden, Connecticut; Cranberry and Warrendale, Pennsylvania; and Irvine and Folsom, California, said Tom Pica, a spokesman for the Basking Ridge, New Jersey-based business. Verizon will shift about 2,200 of the employees to nearby offices, while the remaining 3,000 can apply for different jobs, relocate elsewhere in the country or take a buyout package.