Four La. plants announce mass employee layoffs
BATON ROUGE- Four Louisiana plants have announced anticipated mass layoffs within their facilities.
The Hexion Inc. facility in Norco, La., two Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas divisions in New Orleans, the Offshore Specialty Fabricators facility in Houma, and the Martin Mills distribution center in Vidalia all issued Worker Adjustment and Retaining Notifications (WARNs).
On Apr. 28, Hexion, Inc. issued a WARN announcing the closure of its facility in Norco, resulting in 97 employees losing their jobs. The layoffs will begin in July and continue until 2019.
Freeport McMoRan Oil & Gas announced layoffs at two of its New Orleans divisions due to “declining commodity prices and global economic conditions.” 32 employees will be laid off from the two facilities.
Louisiana Workforce Commission Rapid Response personnel will provide re-employment information to the workers.
Offshore Specialty Fabricators announced a mass layoff beginning July 5 which will affect 67 employees who were originally put on a temporary leave of absence in March. The company hopes to gain new contracts to avoid the layoffs.
Additionally, Martin Mills announced the permanent closure of its Vidalia Distribution Center, resulting in 167 employee layoffs scheduled to begin July 10. LWC’s Rapid Response team will conduct orientation sessions for affected workers in two weeks.
Companies are required to file WARNs under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act if there is a full plant closure resulting in 50 or more employees losing their jobs in any 30-day period.