PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) -- More than a dozen employees at a Pikeville company lost their jobs this week.
Officials with Lightyear Network Solutions said they are consolidating offices in Louisville and Pikeville to save money.
Justin Prater said he knew something was going on as soon as he got to work at Lightyear Network Solutions Monday morning.
"Just one by one they just called us in, just 'your position's been eliminated,' and they just sent us home," said Prater.
He said he was one of 17 Lightyear employees who were told they no longer had jobs.
Lightyear officials said the layoffs are permanent.
Company officials said in a written statement that the layoffs are due to "challenging business conditions, especially in Appalachia," and that they "regret the need to reduce employment."