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Trinity barge manufacturer closing in Brusly

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BRUSLY - Barge manufacturer Trinity Marine Products said they plan to close their Brusly facility permanently next month, laying off all 283 of their workers.

Workers said they learned of the layoffs on Monday. "I didn't believe it at first," said welder Cody Davis. "Then they handed me my papers and told me to sign it."

According to the layoff notice filed Aug. 20, Trinity will begin the closure on Oct. 23. They said all barge production and administrative tasks will be finished by Nov. 30.

In a statement a spokesperson for the company said, "this reduction in force is primarily driven by the balancing of production among Trinity Marine’s four facilities across the country to better serve our customers and the market."

Some Brusly leaders have speculated the facility has ran out of contracts. "The only concern I have is that it's the beginning of a little slow down because of the oil prices," said Brusly Mayor Joey Normand.

Normand said the the layoffs might be avoided if the comapany wins a new contract before November.

Plant Manager Jerry Matchett said the first layoffs will happen on Oct. 23, followed by more rounds of layoffs Oct. 30, Nov. 13 and Nov. 30. They said employees should have "no expectation of recall."

The facility manufactures cargo barges meant to transport wet or dry products on inland waterways, as well as fiberglass barge covers and maritime deck hardware.


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