The Idaho Statesman reports Micron is laying off 30 people who work in developing energy-efficient lighting. The Statesman reports Micron started the division “in 2009 with $5 million in federal stimulus money”.
“Thirty of the program’s 170 employees will be laid off, Micron spokesman Dan Francisco said Wednesday. Another 30 will remain with the program, which will concentrate on licensing LED technologies Micron has developed. One hundred and 10 employees have taken other jobs within Micron.” – Idaho Statesman
Company spokesman Dan Francisco tells the Statesman economic challenges and increased competition in the LED market pushed Micron executives to make the decision.
That’s also what forced Micron to shutter it’s solar company earlier this year. About 250 people were laid off when Micron closed Transform Solar, a collaboration between the Boise-based company and an Australian firm.