New layoffs at SureID, now called Fortior Solutions




PORTLAND — The Hillsboro, Ore., company formerly known as SureID is laying off 25 more employees this week, according to a notice it filed with the state. Including these cuts, the company has reduced its Oregon workforce by more than 80 percent since May.

The new layoffs included customer-service positions and perhaps jobs in other parts of the business, according to two people who lost their jobs. The company, now called Fortior Solutions, did not respond to a request for comment.

SureID had previously reported 376 Oregon layoffs since May. In this week’s notice, it said it didn’t eliminate all the jobs it had expected to cut — so this week’s layoffs bring this year’s layoffs to 300. Additionally, another 35 Oregon employees left last month when the Hillsboro company sold its name and a portion of its business to a New York company, Sterling Talent Solutions.

That left 105 employees, based on data SureID provided to its investors in connection with the Sterling transaction. This week’s cuts apparently bring the number of jobs left in Hillsboro to 80.

SureID changed its name to Fortior following the Sterling deal. And it narrowed its focus to its core business, providing identity verification to the military and other larger organizations.

Founded in 2001, SureID had been among the most-hyped Oregon technology companies. But it relied heavily on its military contracts and the business came apart this year after it lost a contract with the Navy that provided 70 percent of that military business.