The Verizon call center in Bangor, which employs more than 200 people, will close its doors at the end of March 2017, according to media reports.

Bangor City Manager Cathy Conlow announced the closure Wednesday in an email sent to the Bangor City Council and obtained by WCSH.

"Verizon is announcing today that it will be closing its Bangor call center at the end of March and most of its 218 employees will be invited to re-locate to a center of their choosing. For those that choose to stay, they will receive a severance package and the state has deployed its Rapid Response Team. This is a national decision and an attempt to reduce real estate. 3,200 employees of Verizon are affected nationwide. I could not get a specific reason as to why Bangor only that there was excess capacity in other locations. The decision is made."

Employees who decide to relocate to another call center will be offered a relocation assistance package.

Eligible employees who choose not to relocate, and those who are not offered another assignment within the company will be offered a severance package and outplacement assistance.