Wells Fargo & Co. made a technology decision and a high-level executive appointment that point to a continued role for First Interstate Bancorp's infrastructure after the companies merge.

Wells said that while it will rely on its own computer system for the combined bank in California, it will retain some of First Interstate's operations outside the state. Wells plans to consolidate its two southern California computer centers into First Interstate's in Tempe, Ariz., which will force 130 Wells employees to relocate or find other jobs within the bank.

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