Verizon is adding to its workforce by hiring as much as 1.5 million people as it moves to replace those at several of its transformers in the United States, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.
The jobs will help the wireless company meet its target of replacing 15,000 transformers per year by 2020, the Journal said, citing unnamed people familiar with the matter.
“The numbers we are seeing are a tremendous step in the right direction,” CEO Lowell McAdam told reporters on a conference call on Monday.
“We are adding a lot of people who have done transformers for a long time.”
The company has said that about 3,000 of its workers are scheduled to be laid off by 2019.
Verizon, which has had about 3.5 billion monthly subscribers since it launched in 2004, said in a statement it is hiring for transformers at four of its seven transformers.
Verizon has more than 40 transformers under construction across the country, with about 2,000 planned or under construction in the coming year, according to the Journal.