Microsoft to Close Solomon Product Headquarters

Company to terminate 108 employees and outsource much of its Solomon financial-software development and support to startup Plumbline Solutions.

On Thursday, Microsoft Corp. notified 177 employees working out of its Findlay, Ohio, offices that the company had decided to close its facilities there.

Findlay is home primarily to Microsoft Business Solutions Solomon team, but also includes other members of the server and tools, field service, and operations teams.

While "there will be some opportunities for redeployment" for these employees at other Microsoft locations, including company headquarters in Redmond, Wash., a number of employees will be laid off, confirmed a company spokeswoman.

Of the 177 Findlay employees, 108 will be laid off; 53 will be relocated to Redmond or Fargo, N.D.; and 16 will be kept on as telecommuters.

Microsoft acquired the Findlay office when it purchased Great Plains Software in late 2000. Great Plains purchased Solomon Software earlier in 2000.

The Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) division has been struggling to reach profitability. Company executives have admitted that disarray in Microsofts partner channel dedicated to focusing on the small/midsize market, which is MBS target, has not helped matters.


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