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ACT to cut 100 jobs

(The Gazette)

ACT Inc. of Iowa City
(The Gazette) ACT Inc. of Iowa City

Iowa City-based testing company ACT will cut about 100 jobs as part of an overall organizational transition.

The eliminated positions come from across the company, the not-for-profit said in a statement released Wednesday. A spokesman would not say how many of those jobs might be in Iowa City.

ACT employs more than 1,200, with about 900 in Iowa City.

“These moves are being made to ensure we have the right capabilities as we reprioritize our work,” ACT CEO Marten Roorda said in the statement. “ACT will continue to innovate and invest in key competencies. We are focusing on the outcomes most essential to fully realizing our transformation to a learning company, which means ending work that is not aligned to our strategic direction.”

Those affected will receive severance packages that exceed industry norms, the statement said, as well as outplacement service. The cuts could start as early as Thursday, a spokesman said.

“ACT is financially sound,” Roorda said. “We continue to make investments and create new positions that enable us to achieve our mission.

“Though the staffing changes announced today are difficult, they are necessary to ensure ACT remains a thriving, successful organization and employer in the coming decades.”

In April 2016, the company said it would outsource some components of its operations and eliminate others. A spokesman said Wednesday’s announcement is not related to the 2016 cuts.

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