UPDATE: Source with Georgia Power says company is set to layoff 270 employees

COLUMBUS, GA (WLTZ) — WLTZ First News has learned that shock waves are running through Georgia Power and it has nothing to do with electricity. Employees learned from WLTZ Thursday night that they could lose their jobs by the end of the year.

A source inside the company told WLTZ that meetings were held behind closed doors to inform managers and employees that many offices were going to be shut down across the region and hundreds of employees would be laid off.

The offices in Columbus and Americus would stay open. But eight out of 10 offices in the region would close, including Pine Mountain and Cusseta.

Some of the laid off workers would receive a severance package.

Georgia Power sent a statement to WLTZ after the 6 p.m. newscast in response to the station’s questions about these layoffs.

Part of the statement read that Georgia Power announced Thursday that some “Organizational changes were announced within the company that will impact, of our 8,000 employees statewide, approximately 270 by the end of the year.”

GP Media Strategist, Ashley Stukes explained in a separate email that GP was adding more branches inside of grocery and retail stores. This would mean the company would close many of its traditional business offices where employees worked.

CORRECTION: This story has been updated. WLTZ incorrectly reported earlier the number of workers affected and the severance offered.

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