Nationwide to cut 190 local jobs


Nationwide Insurance. A view from Williston Road.

TRACY WILCOX/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 12:14 a.m.

Nationwide Insurance announced Wednesday it is eliminating 190 jobs at its Gainesville office over the next two years, among 1,000 jobs the Columbus, Ohio-based company is cutting overall.

The jobs are in customer service operations in auto and home insurance. Some underwriting jobs, including some in Gainesville, are also moving to other regions.

"What we're doing is concentrating job types in single areas to increase the efficiencies," said spokeswoman Nancy Smeltzer from Nationwide's corporate headquarters. "As you well know, the insurance industry is very, very competitive."

At some locations, Nationwide is closing offices but not eliminating jobs as employees will work remotely, such as from home, by computer, she said.

Those who lose jobs will be offered help with job searches.

Smeltzer said Nationwide will be moving jobs from other offices into Gainesville over the next two years, but couldn't say how many. Employees whose jobs are being eliminated could move into the new jobs, she said.

Nationwide employs 36,000 people, including 1,200 in Gainesville.

Last year, the Gainesville office cut 30 jobs, including 20 in the customer service call center, but added 29 jobs.

Anthony Clark can be reached at 352-374-5094 or anthony.clark@gvillesun.com.

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