ANAHEIM — Pacific Bell said Tuesday that it will close two of its Orange County divisions, which together employ 220 people, by early 1996 and shift those operations to newly expanded facilities in Tustin and San Diego.
Company spokesman John Britton said Pacific Bell "doesn't have any numbers" on how many employees will be laid off or offered transfers as part of the consolidation, which he said is necessary to meet new competition.
The closures come as part of a restructuring announced in January that the company said would save it about $1 billion by the end of 1997. Pacific Bell said that it would cut its work force by 10,000 over the next four years, including 3,000 in 1994. The company expects to have 41,000 employees at the end of 1997, down from a peak of 95,700 employees in 1983.
In Anaheim, Pacific Bell will close a network operating center at 217 N. Lemon St., which currently has 120 employees. Its operations will be moved to an existing center in San Diego, which will eventually have between 240 to 260 employees.
Pacific Bell also plans to close its Anaheim customer service center, at 200 N. Lemon St., which has about 100 employees, and shift that work to an expanded facility in Tustin, which also will have between 240 to 260 workers, Britton said.
Other operations will remain in the North Lemon Street buildings, which will not close, Britton said.
Tustin also will receive a residential service center, which will be moved from Riverside, with about 140 employees. It will be at the Pacific Bell buildings on Edinger Avenue.
The announcement Tuesday was part of an overall Pacific Bell move to combine 40 network and service centers into nine. The company said it will save more than $100 million in real estate costs by 1998 as a result of the consolidations and other space-saving moves, such as sharing work space, and having some managers work from their homes.
On Jan. 1, Pacific Bell will begin competing with long-distance carriers for in-state toll calls. Cable television companies also are trying to offer local telephone services as well.
Company spokeswoman Jill Foley said that some employees would be required to move to keep their jobs, but that the company will pay moving expenses. In many cases, workers would be able to commute to the new offices, she said.