WALKER, LA (WAFB) - According to the Baton Rouge Business Report, CB&I in Livingston Parish is about to cut its number of employees in half.
The company, which is a pipe fabrication facility in Walker, is about to lay off 163 employees. They say this is to cut costs in the midst of a lack of available work.
The Business Report says the company made this decision quietly back in December of 2017, one day after they announced a $6 billion merger with McDermott International Inc. Last year, CB&I also reportedly closed one of its facilities in Delcambre. The company also has locations in Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Sulphur, and Shreveport.
According to a letter from the plant manager to the Louisiana Workforce Commission, CB&I will lay off 163 of its 311 employees effective February 19.
"Recently, CB&I carefully evaluated the lack of available work and high overhead costs at our CB&I Walker facility... and determined the need to substantially reduce operations at the facility for economic reasons," said Geoffrey Flury, plant manager, in the letter.