Georgia Power Company is preparing to close its Columbus payment processing center and they informed employees of that decision on Thursday, spokesman Robert Watkins said.
The center, one of 27 remaining across the state, will be closed before the end of the year as the company adjusts to changing trends in the way customers pay their monthly power bill, Watkins said. The downtown Columbus location at 1112 Veterans Parkway is scheduled to close on Oct. 12.
More than 100 such payment centers were closed throughout the state last year.
“We are meeting the changes going on in our company and responding to our customers desires,” Watkins said.
There are about 300 employees statewide impacted and about 100 will lose jobs. There is no final number for those affected in Columbus, Watkins said. Employees who are terminated will be offered job placement assistance and severance packages commensurate with years of service, Watkins said.
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