Baker Hughes/GE shutting down Buck Creek facility

Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - After years of layoffs and restructurings, Baker Hughes/GE has made the decision to close the Buck Creek facility, which affects 78 jobs.

The company is looking to have the facility shut down by June. Some jobs will be retained and moved to other sites and others will be layoffs, according to a company official.

The closure will be permanent, and the company is looking to sell the property.

According to the most recent financial filing, the company's segment revenues for the year ending in 2016 were down to 22 percent and profits were down 43 percent.

The company is citing challenging market conditions from lower oil prices. As a result, the decision was made to close the facility permanently and sell the property.

"We, as Lufkin, are going to do everything we can to find a home for somebody new that would put new life in that plant," said Lufkin Mayor Bob Brown. "(Someone) would appreciate 700,000 square feet of property and buildings and put new life in it, and that's incumbent upon us as citizens of City of Lufkin to make that happen."

The Buck Creek facility, which is located north of the trailer plant on U.S. Highway 69, was built in 1981, and Lufkin Industries used it for structural fabrication, final assembly, and shipping of the pumping units the company was famous for, according to Elaine Jackson's "Lufkin: From Sawdust to Oil." According to Jackson's book, some production started at the Buck Creek facility in January of 1982, and it was fully functional by the end of that year.

"We were hoping that would continue, that they would keep those employees, keep that assembly going taking place here in Angelina County, but unfortunately that's been moved out," said Keith Wright, City Manager of Lufkin.

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