It looks like up to a couple hundred people could lose their jobs at FirstEnergy just before the holidays.
Spokesman Todd Schneider says the company is launching an organizational study to determine ways to increase efficiency.
"As a result of that study, we expect to eliminate about 200 positions, mainly in the Akron office," said Schneider.
He says the study was prompted by the energy marketplace and the overall economy, telling AkronNewsNow that energy prices are at a 10-year low and demand is "flat." Details on the exact number position titles to be cut is expected to surface in early November.
Schneider says the company wants to be up front with employees rather than blind siding them after final decisions have been made.
"We want to share with our employees the situation we're facing and the steps we'll have to take well in advance of us taking any actions," said Schneider.
A news release says that further reductions in the workforce could continue in 2013, but mainly through attrition.