NetApp in Wichita laying off workers

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – In a blow to tech workers in Wichita, the company NetApp Thursday announced layoffs in its workforce. The company makes computer storage systems, and to many the layoffs come as a shock.

The layoffs affect more than 100 NetApp engineering employees in Wichita who got the word their company is redirecting a product line.

According to company officials, NetApp is cutting about six percent of its workforce, meaning about 640 people are losing their jobs.

KSN spoke with one employee who was let go. While he did not want to be identified, he said he and his colleagues are very upset they’re being forced to look for new jobs.

“It’s going to be a challenge for people with a background in high-tech to go out and find a job here in Wichita, so really the likely opportunity is to leave, leave Wichita,” said the employee.

In 2013, Sedgwick County awarded NetApp a $148,000 performance grant to bring in hundreds of jobs.