LWC: Several South Louisiana plants announce employee layoffs

LWC: Several South Louisiana plants announce employee layoffs

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) announced that four Louisiana employers will be laying off workers, according to Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notifications (WARN) issued last week.

Noble Drilling (U.S.) Inc. issued a WARN on January 12 regarding a mass layoff of 100 to 120 employees. The mass layoff involve offshore workers on the Nobile Danny Adkins, a rig which is expected to shutdown in the near future.

While the rig reports to offices in Sugar Land, Texas, the crew-change location for the rig is in Galliano.

According to the company, the layoffs are expected to take place over 14 days, starting on March 14. The company's letter to LWC stated that some employees could be recalled if the rig gets a new contract, but the layoffs are expected to be permanent.

The Noranda alumina plant in Gramercy, La. could potentially close, according to the company's letter to LWC on January 13. The possible temporary closure is because of "a dramatic decrease in volume of orders" from the plant as well as a tax dispute with the government of Jamaica.

Noranda said the Gramercy plant will temporarily close if the following events happen: the company is unable to negotiate tax relief with Jamaica, cost reductions at the plant are not successful and Noranda "does not achieve materially improved commercial and liquidity circumstances."

The temporary closure at the Gramercy plant would lay off as many as 44 employees.

The Trinity Marine Products Inc. updated the LWC that the closure of its Madisonville plant would be complete until March 31, 2016. The plant was originally expected to be shutdown by December 30, 2015, laying off a total of 336 employees. However, work came up that pushed the date back.

Trinity Marine reported to LWC that about 324 employees have already either been laid off or resigned. In the company's updated letter, nine employees are listed to be laid off by March 31.

The Garden City Group, LLC Louisiana Claims Center in Hammond updated a WARN that was originally issued on Sept. 1, 2015. The company has been going through a mass layoff with eight new jobs being added in the latest letter.

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