A significant drop in the demand for semiconductor chips used in computers and a shift in its product mix prompted Western Digital Corp. of Irvine to lay off about 100 workers earlier this week.
They include about 35 of the 300 workers in the company's Orange County wafer-fabrication plant and about 60 administrative workers in the corporate headquarters.
Another 350 temporary workers in the Camarillo, Calif., plant and 200 Malaysian packaging-plant workers will also be let go in the next few months, company officials said Wednesday. After the reductions, the company will employ about 1,700, with 1,000 or so based in the Irvine area.
"We have experienced significant growth over the past few years, but within that growth we have also seen significant shifts in the mix of our business," said Roger Johnson, chairman, president and chief executive officer, in a statement.