Schlumberger lays off employees, but plans cement distribution plant

At the same time international energy-services company Schlumberger is hardening up its infrastructure, it is softening its work force.

Schlumberger laid off 10 employees Thursday, according to an anonymous source. Company officials would not give a rock-hard number, but Stephen Harris, public affairs manager for

Schlumberger, issued a statement to The Daily Sentinel acknowledging layoffs were made.

“We did release a number of our Grand Junction staff today,” Harris said. “This is in line with our previously stated commitment to match staffing levels with market demand.”

The move came on the same day Schlumberger placed a listing in The Daily Sentinel advising residents of a cement-distribution plant it intends to build outside De Beque at 2082 45 1/2 Road.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is taking public comment on the proposed facility for 30 days from Thursday. Schlumberger is applying for a permit to store and distribute a maximum of 1.084 million tons of cement per year.

Schlumberger is not the only company positioning itself for a future in De Beque.

A Kum & Go convenience store will break ground May 1, De Beque Mayor Dale Rickstrew said.

“They are contemplating an 80-unit hotel there, a sit-down restaurant and a fast-food restaurant right next to the Kum & Go,” Rickstrew said.

Residents will have an opportunity to see initial plans for the De Beque Commercial Center at 7 p.m. on April 6 at the De Beque Town Hall. The town Planning Commission will review the site plan at that meeting, and the public will have the opportunity to comment.

Meanwhile, James D. West of Old West Trucking is applying to the town to be annexed. His request will be considered at 7 p.m. April 13 at Town Hall. At the same meeting, Cameron Wilcox will request annexation for a property between the Colorado River and the town’s
Interstate 70 interchange.


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