Layoffs coming to Lufkin GE plant

Layoffs coming to Lufkin GE plant

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - GE is planning a round of layoffs at the Lufkin Industries location.

Laura Bauer, communications manager for GE, said the company has notified relevant governmental agencies and unions of employees who could potentially be impacted.

"We expect to make decisions regarding specifically impacted employees and notifications to the unions and the affected employees in the next two months," Bauer said.

Bauer said the layoffs will affect employees at the Buck Creek manufacturing facility.

Bauer said they could not make anymore comments on how many employees will be affected.

Lufkin City Manager Keith Wright said city officials were notified of the layoffs Monday morning. He said they were not given any details about the number of employees that will be laid off from the Buck Creek facility.

"Lufkin Industries has been cutting back on production," Wright said. "We hated to hear it, we are disappointed but we are not surprised."

Even though the Buck Creek facility is located outside the city limits, it affects the city because many of the people that work there live in Lufkin and spend their money there, Wright said.

Wright said although city officials don't know any specifics at this time, the pending layoffs could affect GE's planned $60 million expansion of the company's downtown foundry facility.

"These layoffs are at one facility," Wright said. "But I think the entire company in Lufkin will see changes because of this."

Angelina County Judge Wes Suiter said that even though he does not know how many people will be laid off, it will still be a negative effect.

"One person laid off is too many, but that's their industry," Suiter said. "They are going to do what they have to do to stay a float."

Corey Murray, a representative for the International Association of Machinist at the Buck Creek, said he was not notified on any numbers but said his group would be meeting with the other unions of the Deep East Texas Council of Labor and hoped to have a better understanding of the announcement by the end of the week.

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