GE Oil & Gas eliminating welding jobs in Angelina County

GE Oil & Gas eliminating welding jobs in Angelina County
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

GE Oil & Gas continues to downsize as they announced Monday that more jobs were going to be eliminating welding jobs in Angelina County.

According to Lufkin Mayor Bob Brown, GE told him 30 employees are going to be laid off. 

“As the oil and gas industry downturn continues, GE has made the difficult decision to eliminate a few positions in Angelina County,” GE Oil & Gas External Affairs Leader Lindsey Benton said in a statement.

According to Mayor Brown, GE did not give him a timetable of when these layoffs are going to take place, but called him out of courtesy.

GE began eliminating jobs early last year, beginning at the Buck Creek manufacturing facility where 330 layoffs were announced.

Throughout 2015, more jobs where cut at other locations in Lufkin. In August, GE announced the Lufkin foundry division was going to be closed.

According to Mayor Brown,  GE is trying to get a grant to retrain former employees at Angelina College in an effort to find new jobs.

“The company will provide comprehensive benefits to assist the impacted employees through this transition,” Benton said in a statement. “This was a difficult decision that we don't take lightly, but one we must undertake for the long-term health of the business.”

Benton said the layoffs will take place at the Buck Creek and Power Transmission facilities.

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