Fluor Corporation (NYSE:FLR), an Irving, Texas-based engineering company, has announced it will cut jobs in Boulder County, Colorado, and Poughkeepsie, New York due to loss of a contract. A Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) notice filed in Colorado states that the Fluor layoffs in 2018 there would impact 54 employees on March 31. Meanwhile, the New York layoffs will see 85 employees in the state lose their jobs beginning May 2. In both cases, the layoffs are said to be permanent.
The WARN report states that the work will be transitioned to the next contractor, Jones Lang LaSalle Construction.
Fluor’s Temporary Layoffs in 2017
The Colorado and New York layoffs aren’t the first brush Fluor has had with job cuts. According to a Texas Workforce Commission report, Fluor’s temporary layoffs in 2017 affected 274 workers at the M&G Resins USA, LLC processing plant along the Nueces Bay shoreline in mid-September. The layoffs of Texas-based employees were completed by September 14. Mauro Fenoglio, the global manufacturing director for M&G Resins owner M&G Chemicals S.A., said that the company, “was requested to reduce their workforce to a bare minimum for the next few weeks.” The reason for these layoffs was not specified.
“We absolutely do not rule out to continue to work with Fluor in that specific area, in the immediate future, as soon as we restart construction at full force,” he said.
Monika De La Garza of Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend reported that the company’s rapid response team reached out to support the affected employees by providing aid like job search assistance, crisis counseling, resume preparation, interview preparation, and more.
Iain Vasey, executive director of the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation, said that the layoffs wouldn’t trouble the project’s future and the company was trying to understand the impact of the layoff notice. He further added that, “It’s not going to affect the plant’s future. It’s a matter of who’s working on the job.”
“WARN Notice,” New York State Department of Labor, February 1, 2018.
“Fluor to lay off more than 50 in Boulder County,” BizWest, January 30, 2018.
“Corporate Information,” Fluor Corporation, last accessed February 19, 2018.
“Fluor Enterprises lays off 274 Coastal Bend workers, may be temporary,” Caller-Times, September 18, 2017