Cutting more than most observers expected, Integra Financial Corp. said it would eliminate 1,500 positions, or 29% of its total staff, as a result of its merger with National City Corp., Cleveland.

Pittsburgh-based Integra hopes to get half its total merger-related savings from the job cuts, which total $42.5 million. The cuts will be made in the next six to eight months, said Integra president and chief operating officer Leonard M. Carroll.

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