MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO)– Fridley-based Medtronic announced Thursday morning it’s making some substantial job cuts.

Company officials told the St. Paul Pioneer Press they are laying off about 220 workers from their offices in Mounds View.

That division specializes in making pacemakers and implantable heart defibrillators. Medtronic officials said the layoffs are a part of what they call ongoing “belt tightening” because of weak sales reports.

Medtronic is one of the state’s largest employers with about 8,000 employees.

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