LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - As details continue to unfold from the recent announcement of more possible GE layoffs in Lufkin, one company has been on a constant rise. The CEO of PID, a leading manufacturing plant in Lufkin, said they're already helping to keep employees afloat during layoffs.
It's been a rough ride for those East Texans who put years into GE Oil & Gas. Starting in January 2015, layoffs became an anticipated misfortune.
"We've still been growing over the years when other companies have been having some hard times with some down turns. We've still been able to grow and add staff," said Scott Slusher, President and CEO of PID.
PID is one Lufkin company on the rise. Machining, fabrication, and composite tooling bring growing opportunities for Angelina County employees.
"There is PID Services, PID Energy, PID Composites, and PID Transit," Slusher said.
Developed in 2001, PID has helped to keep some laid off afloat.
"They were all happy for the opportunity and having a place to go. We've definitely had a lot of applications that have been from those laid off," Slusher said.
The company CEO said he's looked for needs in the community with hopes to satisfy them. PID is soon to be introducing its all American made pumping unit. They are taking it back to the 1900's where pump jack history was made right here in Lufkin. Among that, the company brings new opportunities.
"PID Transit is a new company that we will be introducing later this year," Slusher said.
The company is even training East Texans on composite skill sets. Those will go toward working aircraft parts like this cabin shell.
"We've been conducting training. We just had an international training company here last week that we worked in doing a training curriculum for our employees," Slusher said.
While many displaced workers have had to seek higher education to support their families, Slusher said as they continue to flourish, the skill sets those laid off possess will be of use at PID.
PID started in 2001 with two people. Today, they have over 65 employees.