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Erickson announces 150 layoffs, mostly in Oregon

A reorganization at Erickson Inc. will result in roughly 150 layoffs, primarily in Oregon but also at the company's other U.S. locations.

Erickson announced its "comprehensive organizational restructuring" today, saying that it was aiming for new efficiencies and cost reductions, improved profitability and a more competitive position.

The company builds and maintains heavy-lift Sikorsky air-cranes and tankers in the Rogue Valley. In February 2014, it employed about 450 employees at its Willow Springs Road plant north of Central Point. The company also has local operations off Kirkland Road and at the Medford airport. Its headquarters is now in Portland.

Under the reorganization announced today, Erickson will have four business segments, government aviation services, oil and gas aviation services, commercial aviation services and manufacturing.

This significant restructuring marks the final stage of integration associated with the Evergreen Helicopters and Air Amazonia acquisitions, the announcement said. It did not specify how many employees would be laid off at which locations.