US-based chemical manufacturer TPC Group is reportedly set to cut at least 100 jobs by the end of April at its petrochemical plant in Port Neches, Texas.
In November, explosions at this facility caused evacuations of up to 60,000 people.
Citing people familiar with the matter, Reuters reported that the firm gave its employees a notice online of its plans to cut jobs at the Port Neches facility.
TPC’s online statement reads: “The company does not expect that we will need employees beyond those necessary to operate as a terminal for more than three to five years.”
TPC did not disclose details of the exact number of layoffs.
Out of a current 140 hourly employees, around 45 will remain as of 30 April, while the salaried employees will be reduced from 34 to 17, the news agency reported.
TPC stated that it will take several years to rebuild the Texas facility, which produces butadiene used in rubber manufacturing.
Negotiations are scheduled to begin between TPC and the employee unions.
United Steelworkers union local 13-228 secretary-treasurer Brent Roy said that the layoffs may be reduced after negotiations.
Roy told the news agency: “We’ve got to prove to them that we need more people than that to operate.”
Source: Chemicals Technology
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