Fabrication Company Plans to Lay Off Hundreds of Workers in Texas



Gulf Marine Fabricators, a subsidiary of Houston-based Gulf Island Fabrication, will begin a series of layoffs early next year, the company communicated to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

In a letter to the TWC, Gulf Marine Fabricators, which provides fabrication services for offshore drilling and production platforms, said it would lay off 251 workers in its Aransas Pass location the week of Jan. 16-20, 2017. The trying times for the global economy and oil and gas industry prompted the layoffs.

“Management and our marketing department are working endlessly in an effort to pursue any and all potential jobs for Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc. and its subsidiaries in order to aid our companies and overcome these challenging times,” a letter to employees said. “Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc. has carefully analyzed the consequences of these potential jobs not being awarded to our companies. We regret to inform you that should we not be awarded enough jobs, we will have no choice but to reduce our operations at Gulf Marine Fabricators, LP.”

Workers do not have bumping rights. The company said it hopes to recall employees when and if it is awarded jobs.



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