Two Louisiana companies that serve the oil and gas industry may lay off up to 288 workers.
Gulf Island LLC, 567 Thompson Road, Houma and Carbo Ceramics, 4810 Industrial Drive, New Iberia filed Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notifications, or WARN notices, with the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
Gulf Island, which has been in business since 1985, indicated in paperwork filed last week that unless the company lands bids on upcoming projects, it will lay off up to 227 workers between June 10 and June 23. The company fabricates structures and offers other services for the oil and gas industry.
“It is hoped that these layoffs are only temporary and that employees can be recalled when and if jobs are awarded,” the company said in a letter sent to LWC.
Carbo Ceramics, in business since 1987, said it will close at least temporarily because of market conditions. As many as 61 employees will be laid off by June 17.
Carbo provides products and services for the fracturing industry, the LWC said in an issued statement.
Neither company’s workers are represented by unions; no “bumping rights” exist, the companies said in their letters to LWC.
WARN notices are required by the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act under certain conditions, such as if a full plant closure results in at least 50 layoffs.
Louisiana has lost more than 12,000 oil and gas jobs since commodity prices for oil plummeted from more than $100 a barrel in 2014 to as low as $26 a barrel in January.