Dominion Energy has announced it will shutter its Orange office from which repair and maintenance crews are sent out, affecting two dozen employees.
The office at 13000 James Madison Highway is expected to close by September as equipment and crews are moved to other locations across the state, company officials said.
Many of the affected employees will be offered positions in other company locations, officials said.
“About 24 employees in the Orange office will be affected. They will have the opportunity to move to other company offices, and we will ensure they have the tools and information they need to make important personal decisions,” said Daisy Pridgen, Dominion spokeswoman. “No other offices will be closed at this time.”
The power company’s electric transmission office will remain at the site, she said.
The decision to close the distribution office was made as part of a review of the company’s facilities. The move is planned to increase efficiency and reduce costs, officials said.
Employees at the office made repairs and serviced equipment in Orange, Greene and Madison counties, officials said. Those areas will be served by the company’s Charlottesville office.
“By closing the Orange office and consolidating coverage into new geographical areas that makes sense for customers and our operations, we maintain the current level of reliability and restoration efforts while creating operational value,” Pridgen said.
Pridgen said the change should not impact customers.
“This was a difficult decision, but one that will help us be more efficient in resource deployment, balancing workload and emergency response while achieving cost savings,” she said.