City official: GE closing Buck Creek operations

City official: GE closing Buck Creek operations

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - GE Oil & Gas will be closing the Buck Creek facility over the next couple months and moving all Angelina County operations into Downtown Lufkin, according to a city official.

Along those lines, GE Oil & Gas released a statement to East Texas News explaining the company's latest decision.

"We constantly review our operations in order to remain competitive and continue to meet the needs of our customers," the statement said. "It's becoming clear that this will be a 'lower for longer' environment. As a result, we are announcing our intent to consolidate our manufacturing operations in Cullman, AL and across Lufkin, TX and have begun holding discussions with stakeholders and employees. We anticipate this restructuring will result in workforce reductions."

Lufkin Assistant City Manager Steve Floyd said GE officials told him Tuesday morning that the Buck Creek operations will be shut down by the end of the quarter and all operations will be moved to the downtown area, where the operations will focus on gear repair.

Floyd said the plant in Cullman will be closed, which affects 30 workers. Dale Greer with the Cullman County Economic Development confirmed the closure.

The statement went on to say that GE Oil & Gas' leadership knows how hard this decision will be on the Lufkin community.

"This decision is in no way a negative reflection of our workforce," the statement said. "We have to make the best decisions for the long-term health of the business."

According to the statement, GE Oil & gas' leadership will be working closely with the various unions, and they will provide the affected employees with resources to help their transition.

The statement did not indicate how many jobs will be cut. It also didn't give a time frame for when the restructuring and possible job cuts may occur.

The latest news regarding GE Oil & Gas' Lufkin operations marks the latest in a series of layoffs and job cuts. Back in March, the company announced that it would be eliminating 30 welding jobs in Angelina County. In August of 2015, GE Oil & Gas announced that it was closing its Lufkin foundry division, which resulted in the loss of 176 jobs.

GE started eliminating jobs in early 2015. They laid off 330 people at the Buck Creek facility then.

Lufkin Industries took over the Cullman plant in 2002. They doubled the size of the building before GE took over in 2013, Greer said.

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