Ingram Micro is cutting 40 jobs at its Amherst operations but is also recruiting to fill other positions.
The California-based wholesale technology distributor has about 1,500 employees at its Amherst location, said Gennifer Biggs, a company spokeswoman.
Ingram Micro across North America is recruiting to fill about 300 positions, about 90 of which are at the Amherst site, Biggs said. Laid-off workers from the Amherst site who are in “good standing” will be invited to apply for the new positions, she said.
As for why the company was cutting and recruiting at the same time, Biggs said it was a matter of eliminating some jobs with “skill sets” that were not needed. “They really cross all different kind of roles,” she said.
The cuts at the Amherst location were part of reductions around Ingram Micro’s operations.
“Ingram Micro North America is realigning its business to capitalize on its investments and success,” Paul D. Bay, the president, said in a statement. “These moves will enhance our ability to innovate and respond to market needs, ultimately enabling us to work better, serve better and earn better for our partners, associates and stakeholders.”
Of the 90 openings at the Ingram Micro site in Amherst, 55 of them are posted, and the other 35 are in the final stages of hire, Biggs said. The jobs are primarily in sales and technical support.
Last July, the Amherst Industrial Development Agency approved about $1 million in tax breaks for an $11 million expansion by Ingram Micro that was expected to create 250 jobs at the local operations. Biggs said Ingram Micro remains committed to that expansion and job growth. The company has offices at 1759 Wehrle Drive and 395 S. Youngs Road.
One component of the local growth plan is the expansion of an existing parking lot by about 425 spaces. Jonathan M. Brahmer, assistant vice president of asset management for the property’s landlord, Winthrop Realty Trust in Boston, Mass., said that project is about halfway complete after being slowed by fall and winter weather.
“As soon as the weather lets up, the general contractor will be back at it,” Brahmer said.
Ingram Micro’s cuts come shortly after PHH Mortgage said that it was cutting 135 jobs at its Amherst operations. PHH still plans to move into a building being constructed on Wehrle Drive by Zaepfel Development. That project was supported by $4.5 million in incentives by the Amherst IDA in late 2012, with the idea it would preserve 400 jobs and potentially create 400 more jobs. PHH also was approved for up to $3 million in Excelsior tax credits from the state.