Hitachi, a Japanese tech conglomerate that has a presence in everything from consumer electronics, to IT, to construction machinery, is set to close its Seattle-area office.
A Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification filed with Washington State’s Employment Security Friday indicates that 61 people will be laid off as of May 1. The notice lists the type of layoff as a closure.
The office in Bellevue, Wash., is for Hitachi Vantara, a division of the company that debuted last year and combined the operations of Hitachi Data Systems, Hitachi Insight Group, and Pentaho into one group. Earlier this year, Hitachi Vantara announced plans for a new headquarters campus in Santa Clara, Calif., that will open in 2019.
Hitachi representatives said the company will retain a presence in Bellevue and is merging multiple locations into one.
The company opened an office in the Seattle area in 2010, according to GeekWire’s database of engineering outposts. Its office is at 2035 158th Court N.E., Suite 300 in Bellevue, and it is the only Hitachi office in the state, according to the company’s website.
This story has been updated with comments from Hitachi