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I am extremely disappointed with the recent job elimination action by the 3M Corporation in Los Alamos. Only eight weeks ago, a 3M company officer spoke to the assembled workers at Imtec’s HYTEC Technology Center in Los Alamos. He told us, your jobs are safe; your job may change, but you will have a job. Eight weeks later there was a different plan and no satisfactory explanation for the job cuts by the 3M Corporation. Twelve positions were eliminated, without warning, on Dec. 7. The decision on job cuts was not fairly calculated, rather it was political and vicious. The 12 displaced workers had a total of 60 years of service to HYTEC, Imtec and for the last 17 months, 3M.
The group of displaced workers includes the team of designers who designed and built the first generation Iluma head scanner (dental X-Ray CT imager). The Iluma head scanner is the machine that drove the 2007 merger between Imtec of Ardmore, Okla. and HYTEC of Los Alamos and Boulder, Colo.
The Iluma head scanner was part of the attraction that brought 3M to purchase Imtec in 2008. Another team of designers among the terminated workers spent two weeks in October 2009 generating a design study for the second-generation 3M head scanner. The medical device will accommodate wheel chair assisted patients.
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