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MOORESVILLE – Lowe’s is laying thousands of store-based employees and outsourcing their positions.

The layoffs will include assemblers, who put together items like lawnmowers, grills and patio furniture; and maintenance and janitorial positions.

The Mooresville-based company did not reveal how many employees would be laid off, but did say workers whose jobs are being eliminated will be given transition pay and will have the opportunity to apply for other jobs with the company.

Lowe's operates more than 1,700 stores in the U.S. As of Feb. 1, the company employed about 190,000 full-time and 110,000 part-time employees.

Lowe’s announced in June that it will add 1,600 technology-focused employees to work in the planned 23-story Design Center Tower in Charlotte’s South End.

Under CEO Marvin Ellison, who came to the company from JC Penney last year, Lowe's launched an ambitious turnaround plan to compete against Home Depot and other retailers.

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