Orange County Business Journal

MetLife to Close Offices in Irvine, Aliso Viejo

Jane Yu Friday, March 8, 2013

Insurance provider MetLife Inc. announced plans to relocate its Orange County offices to North Carolina in a consolidation that includes operations in five other states and is expected to bring savings of about $94 million through tax breaks and other incentives.

Raleigh, N.C.-based MetLife has offices in Irvine and Aliso Viejo. The company did not provide employee counts for the local offices.

MetLife offices in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island are included in the move.

The overall shift is expected to affect 2,600 jobs.

MetLife said it will move about half the jobs to Charlotte, which will become the U.S. headquarters for the company’s retail unit. Another 1,300 will go to the company’s Cary office, which will oversee the global technology and operations for the company.

MetLife has about 23,000 employees in the U.S.