DENVER (AP) – The Qwest logo has disappeared from the Denver skyline.

CenturyLink has replaced the blue Qwest signs atop its office tower downtown. The signs will be lighted for the first time Monday night, following an official launch of the brand with CenturyLink vice president Scott Russell and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.

Monroe, La.-based CenturyLink acquired Qwest in April for $12.2 billion, making it the country’s third-largest phone company.

CenturyLink spokesman John Hall said there has been a “relatively small reduction” of employees in Colorado since the purchase but didn’t have an exact figure. The Denver Post reports the company has shed about 400 positions.

CenturyLink is keeping its headquarters in Louisiana. The Denver operations are now one of six regional headquarters for CenturyLink and the overall headquarters for its business services division.

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