Trinity Marine workers avoid lay offs
BRUSLY - About 300 workers at the Trinity Marine plant don't have to worry about layoffs after the facility received a new contract within the last week.
Lane Ashford runs a machine shop called Triangle Rotating Equipment. He repairs any piece of equipment that breaks, and he works closely with the Trinity Marine plant. When no one uses the equipment that could mean no business for him.
"As you get older, you try not to jump to conclusions and try to ride it out but it was good news," said Lane Ashford.
It was good news for everyone in West Baton Rouge, but for those workers who actually depend on this job to care for their families Friday was nothing but excitement.
According to Trinity Marine, the facility will no longer have to close its doors or layoff 282 workers after receiving another contract.
"We got to thank the Lord first for keeping our jobs," said one Trinity plant worker.
For Ashford, who depends on the company for work, he said there isn't much of a barge industry here, and he hopes to see buiness continue and stay in the parish.
"I'm sure something will happen hopefully in the next year, so that they can continue to stay in buisness," said Ashford.
The plant manager says this contract is expected to go past the middle of next year. Trinity Marine Products first sent out a warning notice back in August when they first were expecting to lay off workers around Oct. 23 and closing its doors to business for good. Friday's news means Trinity Marine can stay afloat in the Baton Rouge area.