Web.com, a 20-year-old small business marketing company, will shut down its Spokane, Wash. office and lay off 64 employees.
A Web.com spokesperson confirmed the layoffs after the state’s Employment Security office posted a WARN notice Friday. Here’s a statement from the company, which has more than 2,000 employees worldwide:
As a leading provider of internet products and services, and one that operates in a fast-paced environment, we occasionally have to shift our focus on the type of skills and talent required to satisfy our customers’ changing needs. Sometimes, this means an adjustment to our workforce. On Friday we made the difficult but necessary decision to inform our Spokane employees that positions are either being discontinued in May or will transfer to other Web.com offices that already conduct similar customer-facing work. As a result, we plan to close the Spokane office later this year.
While Friday’s news is always difficult to convey, we are excited about Web.com’s future. With 2,150 employees throughout North America and around the world, we anticipate hiring several hundred employees this year and look forward to opening our new Jacksonville, Fla. headquarters this summer.
Web.com, previously known as Website Pros Inc., arrived in Spokane in 2002 after it acquired Spokane-based e-commerce startup Innuity.
The company posted revenue of $749 million in 2017. It uses a subscription-based business model and offers services including domains, hosting, website design and management, SEO, online marketing, e-commerce products, and more. Web.com has 2,150 employees, down from around 3,600 in 2017. It was acquired by an affiliate of Siris Capital Group this past October for approximately $2 billion.