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centurylinkCenturyLink is closing its Seattle customer care center this September and has asked 160 employees to either relocate, apply for other positions within the company or receive severance packages.

In a statement, a company spokesperson said that CenturyLink “remains committed to Seattle as an important growth market for our company.”

“CenturyLink, as all businesses, continually evaluates its cost structure and business practices and adjusts its operations to meet the needs of the business and its customers,” the statement reads. “After careful consideration, CenturyLink has decided to close the Business Customer Care center in Seattle, Washington, in September 2014, following the transition of work to other locations within the company.”

Employees affected by the closure have the option to continue their work at centers in Bismarck, N.D., or Minneapolis, Minn.

CenturyLink still plans on opening its new Cloud Development Center in Seattle, which will be operated with help from employees of Tier 3 — a Bellevue-based cloud computing startup that CenturyLink acquired this past November. The company is also building three new large data centers in the area, and still has naming rights to CenturyLink Field.

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