Sykes has notified the state that the company will be laying off a total of 179 employees.

According to the Kentucky Career Center Office of Employer and Apprenticeship, the company filed the notice July 1 that it would be laying off nearly half its workforce. According to the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, Sykes, established in 2007, is a banking services support center/inbound call center which currently employs 375 people.

Despite the announcement, local officials say they are working with the company on the issue and are optimistic.

“I had received a letter a couple days ago in the mail about the layoffs but our state delegation, our representative senator, along with our mayor and I have went out and met with them,” said Perry County Judge-Executive Scott Alexander. “It’s devastating news, but we’re doing everything we can to work with them to try to find another potential partner.”

Alexander said one positive is the announcement doesn’t represent a total closure of the facility.

“They won’t be totally closing with the announcement that’s coming and were hoping that we can work with them to possibly find another partner and get these people back to work,” Alexander said.

Alexander said Tuesday that, while the move is a setback, he and others remain hopeful.

“I don’t want people to get discouraged — we’ve had some amazing accomplishments, this is a setback but there will always be some setbacks and failures,” Alexander said, “But we’re not going to give up, we’re going to continue to work diligently as hard as we have to this point to continue to grow.

“We’re working extremely hard with them to try to partner up to see that they can get a good partnership and get these people back to work.”

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