SELAH, Wash. — Tree Top has eliminated 33 positions, leading to the layoffs of 17 employees earlier this week at several of the cooperative’s locations.

The move was part of an ongoing effort to keep overhead at reasonable levels for the Selah-based fruit grower cooperative, spokeswoman Sharon Miracle said.

About half the eliminated positions were vacant and will be unfilled and none of the jobs were on the production line, Miracle said. Tree Top now has about 1,000 employees.

“We’re really financially sound,” Miracle said in a phone interview Thursday morning. “It was part of a prudent business decision to cut overhead and provide greater benefit to our grower owners.”

Tree Top, which makes juice and other fruit-based products, is owned by more than 1,000 apple and pear growers.

The eliminated positions included workers in operational and administrative support at Tree Top’s facilities throughout the Northwest, including its Selah headquarters and facilities in Prosser and Medford, Ore.