Buffalo-based tech firm laying off 70 workers, most of them at company's downtown HQ

Associated Press

A Buffalo-based website designer and service provider says it will lay off about 70 employees, including 50 who work at the company's downtown headquarters.

Synacor Inc. CEO Himesh Bhise said in a statement released Tuesday that about 20 percent of the company's workforce will be laid off in an effort to make the firm "leaner and more agile."

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After the job cuts, the company will have about 210 workers in Buffalo.

The layoffs come as the provider of Internet content contends with a steady decline in its sales over the past year. Sales hit a record high of $122 million two years ago, but fell by 8 percent in 2013 and 13 percent through the first half of this year.

Synacor also has offices in New York City, Boston, Toronto and Ottawa.