ANOTHER ROUND OF LAYOFFS AT HALLIBURTON

Halliburton this week laid off another untold number of workers at its Grand Junction facility.

The energy-services company Wednesday declined to reveal how many workers were laid off, and it sent out a statement via e-mail identical to one it sent out March 5, when Halliburton acknowledged it had laid an untold number of employees.

“It is simply not business as usual in the current economic environment and we continue to work hard to minimize personnel reductions; however, we can confirm, unfortunately, that there were some Halliburton personnel reductions in Grand Junction,” said the e-mail from Halliburton’s Houston office and attributed to Larry Kent, the company’s local district manager.

On March 5 workers were called in early in the morning and given pink slips. It is unknown how Halliburton managed the most recent layoffs.

The company still has billboards posted in town that say it is looking for workers, and it has a booth at the career fair today at Mesa State College’s Saunders Fieldhouse.

Around the country similar layoffs by Halliburton have taken place. In Duncan, Okla., the newspaper The Duncan Banner reported March 13 that Halliburton recently laid off local workers.

The company did not give a number, and issued a statement identical to the one sent to Grand Junction, with a change in the location name to Duncan.

In February the company laid off an untold number of workers in the San Juan Basin in New Mexico, according to the Farmington Daily Times.

Halliburton told the Houston Chronicle in January it would issue layoffs, but did not disclose how many.

The company has a corporate office in Houston.


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