After 40 years in Indiana County, Halliburton has decided it is time to close down its service there.
Halliburton decided to close the Indiana County yard primarily so that they could be in closer proximity to the bulk of its customers. Halliburton’s spokesperson Susie McMichaels made the following statement regarding the company’s shift:
Halliburton is moving operations to Zanesville because much of the company’s work for customers has moved to southwestern Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio. Halliburton will continue to service its Pennsylvania customers from its other Pennsylvania locations and the Zanesville facility.
The Indiana County service yard employed 430 people, and of that 90 people will be laid off. Some employees will be offered new positions within Halliburton. Those who will still have their jobs will be relocated to either the Zanesville location or other facilities within Pennsylvania. The yard is expected to be closed by the end of this year.
McMichaels Discussed the company’s continuous changes to its workforce:
Halliburton continues to make adjustments to its workforce based on current business conditions. We value every employee we have, but unfortunately we are faced with the difficult reality that reductions are necessary to work through this challenging market environment.
As reported by the Pittsburgh Business Times, “Local officials said they were dismayed by the news, especially because the company had assured them it wouldn’t take this step in spite of rumors to the contrary, they said.” State Senator Don White and State Representative Dave Reed made a joint statement regarding Halliburton’s employment changes:
Just a few months ago, we were approached by concerned employees and community leaders about ongoing rumors that such a decision may be on the horizon. However, after speaking with Halliburton officials we were told such rumors were unfounded. Now, we’re told the decision to close is permanent and nothing can be done to reverse course.
To read the Pittsburgh Business Times entire article regarding Halliburton closing its Indiana County facility, click here.