Citation Preparing Employees for Massive Layoff Scheduled For February - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

Citation Preparing Employees for Massive Layoff Scheduled For February

by Kirby Gibbs

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Citation Corporation of Lufkin has announced that it will begin its layoffs February 15th. All 325 of its employees will be affected . But even before employees knew citation was closing, Workforce Solutions of Deep East Texas had been working with the company to prepare for the massive layoffs.

Jon Bunn, the Business Development Manager of Workforce Solutions, says Citation contacted them, well before they were required to, which allowed the Workforce to begin their Rapid Response Program.

"As soon as we find out about a major layoff like this, or even a small one, we will contact the employers to let them know what our services that we can provide to them are", says Bunn.

In a written statement to KTRE, Bill Goodin, Citation Corp.'s Vice President of Human Resources said, "all Lufkin employees staying at the facility until the release date, beginning Feb. 15, will receive severance pay". In addition, "Citation is working with state agencies to assist with employee repositioning within and outside the company" says Goodin.

"They wanted to try to do anything and everything they could for their employees" exclaimed Bunn.

For example, the company is willing to shut down production on assembly lines in order for workers who want to attend workshops to do so during their regular shifts.

Workforce Solutions told KTRE that Citation, "took [them] throughout the plant and found Workforce Solutions facilities that [they] could actually give [their] workshops. They're even gonna allow the Workforce to come in there and with [their] computers and fax machines and telephones so that the employees, during their breaks, can come in and register on workintexas.com to do job searches"

Bunn says laid off employees may have to be flexible in their job search. He says they may have to accept a job outside of the Lufkin area or even one that doesn't pay as much as Citation. Which means, their next job will be the hardest job they've ever had, that is, finding a job. He says now is the time to prepare.

"Start now, even now, before their layoff", advises Bunn. "The best time to look for a job is when you have a job".

Layoffs will begin February 15th and extend through February 27th. Some layoffs could extend beyond February 27th in order to complete customer orders .

  • East Texas NewsMore>>

  • Best Furry Friends: Heeler-spaniel mix loves attention

    Best Furry Friends: Heeler-spaniel mix loves attention

    Thursday, July 20 2017 7:17 PM EDT2017-07-20 23:17:01 GMT

    Temporarily calling the Nacogdoches Animal Shelter a home, Remi is hoping to find something a little more permanent. Caretakers said the one-year-old dog is playful and loves attention. Remi was brought into the shelter as a stray about three weeks ago. "He gets along with the other dogs. He still in his puppy stage so he still has a lot of time to go around play with everyone," said Torion Johnson, animal control officer.  Remi is a heeler-spani...

    More >>

    Temporarily calling the Nacogdoches Animal Shelter a home, Remi is hoping to find something a little more permanent. Caretakers said the one-year-old dog is playful and loves attention. Remi was brought into the shelter as a stray about three weeks ago. "He gets along with the other dogs. He still in his puppy stage so he still has a lot of time to go around play with everyone," said Torion Johnson, animal control officer.  Remi is a heeler-spani...

    More >>
  • Lufkin welcomes back Cowboy's Dez Bryant

    Lufkin welcomes back Cowboy's Dez Bryant

    Thursday, July 20 2017 7:14 PM EDT2017-07-20 23:14:51 GMT

    Hundreds of East Texans, and other from farther away, were camped out at Kit McConnico Park since early this morning to see Cowboy's Dez Bryant.

    More >>

    Hundreds of East Texans, and other from farther away, were camped out at Kit McConnico Park since early this morning to see Cowboy's Dez Bryant.

    More >>
  • Students learn various methods in art camp at Museum of East Texas

    Students learn various methods in art camp at Museum of East Texas

    Thursday, July 20 2017 7:13 PM EDT2017-07-20 23:13:02 GMT

    The Museum of East Texas in Lufkin is continuing its tradition of hosting art classes for the 20th year in a row. Students learn various styles such as watercolor painting, drawing basics and clay. In addition, students explore the foundational concepts of art in a cool environment. "Some of these students haven't painted before, some of have, so when they start painting they start realizing how exciting it is to be able to put down colors and shapes and whatever they...

    More >>

    The Museum of East Texas in Lufkin is continuing its tradition of hosting art classes for the 20th year in a row. Students learn various styles such as watercolor painting, drawing basics and clay. In addition, students explore the foundational concepts of art in a cool environment. "Some of these students haven't painted before, some of have, so when they start painting they start realizing how exciting it is to be able to put down colors and shapes and whatever they...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly