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UPDATE: Alcoa Corporation intends to permanently close its ROCKDALE Operations site in Texas, which has been fully curtailed since the end of 2008. The site includes a primary aluminum smelter and casthouse, an aluminum powder plant and associated buildings and equipment. Separately, the Company continues to market for sale more than 30,000 acres of land at the Rockdale site. Alcoa Corporation, 201 Isabella Street, Suite 500, Pittsburgh, PA 15212-5858; 412-315-2900; www.alcoa.com

SAN ANTONIO medical device company KCI USA, Inc. will lay off 68 employees in San Antonio in early May 2018. On January 23, 2018, KCI filed a WARN notice with the Texas Workforce Commission that it will lay off 68 employees on May 8, 2018. KCI USA is a subsidiary of San Antonio-based wound care company Acelity LP Inc. Acelity and KCI Headquarters, 12930 W Interstate 10, San Antonio, TX 78249-2248; 800 275-4524; www.acelity.com

SAN ANTONIO-based Mission Solar Energy is laying off 170 employees, more than half of its current workforce. According to the Workforce Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) notice dated January 27, 2017, Mission says 170 employees will lose their jobs effective March 31, 2017. It is the company’s second round of layoffs since October 2016 and constitutes 58 percent of Mission Solar’s remaining workforce. The company is shifting away from utility-scale solar farms to residential and commercial projects. The layoffs come as the solar panel manufacturer finished a contract to provide hundreds of thousands of panels for solar farms commissioned by city-owned utility company CPS Energy. Solar panels made by Mission were used to build several of the largest solar farms in Texas. The company cut its solar cell production line and laid off 87 employees in the fall of 2016, when it also launched four new products for residential and commercial projects. Mission is committed to staying at its 85-acre home at Brooks City Base. Mission Solar Energy, LLC, 8303 South New Braunfels Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78235; 210-531-8600; www.missionsolar.com


Amfuel closed its facility in WICHITA FALLS at the end of December 2017. Some of the employees have been offered positions at the Amfuel facility in Magnolia, Arkansas. American Fuel Cell and Coated Fabrics, also known as Amfuel, filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in December 2017. Amfuel is based in Magnolia, Arkansas, and makes fuel cells, which are rubberized storage bladders that provide on-board fuel storage for a variety of aircraft. Amfuel, 601 Firestone Drive, Magnolia, AR 71753; 870-234-3381; www.amfuel.com

Mobile tech support company Assurant Mobile Solutions will close a mobile device repair and logistics. business in LEWISVILLE, resulting in the loss of 250 jobs. It acquired Lewisville-based Broadtech LLC in 2015 but was operating under the trade name Assurant Mobile Solutions. The cuts will begin on February 1 and continue through June 2018. Other parts of the Lewisville site will continue to operate, however, with about 400 employees keeping their jobs. Assurant’s Lewisville location is at 1401 Lakeway Drive. It also operates a location in Addison. www.assurantsolutions.com


Headquartered in HOUSTON, Cobalt International Energy, Inc. is an independent exploration and production company active in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico and offshore West Africa. In December 2017, Cobalt and certain of its U.S. affiliates filed voluntary petitions for relief under chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. Cobalt expects to conduct business in the ordinary course, and its cash on hand is expected to provide Cobalt with adequate liquidity to fund its operations during the restructuring process. Cobalt International Energy, Inc., Cobalt Center, 920 Memorial City Way, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77024; 713-579-9100; Fax. 713-579-9184; www.cobaltintl.com

HOUSTON-based Geospace Technologies Corporation manufactures instruments and equipment that energy companies use to collect seismic data, as well as non-seismic products, such as industrial products, offshore cables, thermal printing equipment and film. Geospace eliminated 60 Houston employees in December 2017. As of the end of Geospace Technologies’ 2017 fiscal year on September 30, 2017, the company had 707 employees, including 429 in the U.S. The company will also decrease expenses as a result of facility consolidation and compensation reductions, including reducing executive officers’ and directors’ compensation. Geospace Technologies announced a similar cost-cutting plan nearly two years ago. That announcement included 150 Houston job cuts. Geospace's Houston office is at 7007 Pinemont Drive in northwest Houston. Geospace Technologies changed its name from OYO Geospace Corp. in 2012. Geospace Technologies Corporation, 7007 Pinemont Drive, Houston, TX 77040; 713-986-4444; www.geospace.com

On December 22, 2017, HOUSTON-based oil exploration company, Hyperdynamics Corp. filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in the Southern District of Texas’ bankruptcy court. The company is filing jointly with its subsidiary, SCS Corporation Ltd. Under Chapter 7 bankruptcy, what remains of Hyperdynamics’ assets will be sold off to pay back the company’s lenders. That’s as opposed to Chapter 11, wherein the company would be able to negotiate with its creditors to restructure debts in a way that is more manageable without necessarily having to sell assets. Hyperdynamics Corp., 12012 Wickchester Lane, Suite 475, Houston, TX 77079; 713-353-9400; Fax: 713-353-9421; www.hyperdynamics.com

Chattanooga, Tennessee-based Lectrus Corporation provides custom metal enclosure manufacturing and electrical systems integration. Lectrus filed a WARN notice with the Texas Workforce Commission on December 7, 2017, stating that it is laying off 64 employees in HOUSTON on February 5, 2018. Lectrus plans to close its Houston factory in February 2018 after filing for bankruptcy on December 7, 2017. Lectrus Corporation, 1318 Bammel Road, Houston, TX 77073, 832-295-1200; www.lectrus.com

Noble Americas Corp. is terminating some of its employees as part of a restructuring of its business operations, the company said in a WARN letter to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) dated December 8, 2017. Noble Americas is cutting employees in its Houston and Connecticut offices prior to its sale to Vitol, an energy and commodities company based in Switzerland. The TWC WARN letter stated that 67 Houston employees would be laid off. Employees in Noble Americas’ Stamford, Connecticut office will also be laid off. According to the Stamford Advocate, 84 employees will be laid off. All of the layoffs were expected to occur on or about December 31, 2017. www.thisisnoble.com

Parker School Uniforms LLC closed its HOUSTON headquarters and locations around the country in early January 2018. In a January 3, 2018, letter to the Texas Workforce Commission, the company said the move affects all 320 employees at its corporate headquarters at 6300 West By Northwest Boulevard, Suite 100. Their jobs were terminated effective immediately, according to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act letter.

Plastic Suppliers Inc. (PSI), a Columbus, Ohio-based packaging and industrial films maker, manufactures polylactic acid-based packaging that is biodegradable under the EarthFirst name as well as polystyrene films under the PolyFlex brand. The company also distributes lidding films, PET, synthetic papers and polypropylene substrates. Markets include food, beverage, health and beauty, chemicals and office products. PSI will close its DALLAS distribution warehouse, as well as its facility in Fullerton, California. These facilities will close by the end of January 2018. Plastic Suppliers Inc., 4526 Bronze Way, Dallas, TX 75236; 214-467-3700; 800-722-5577; www.plasticsuppliers.com

Ricoh USA, Inc. filed a WARN notice on January 3, 2018, with the Texas Workforce Commission that it is laying off 150 employees on March 4, 2018, in HOUSTON at a call center located at 820 Gears Road. The Houston facility will remain open and the company has other locations in Houston as well. The company would not disclose the number of employees it has in Houston. Throughout the U.S., Ricoh employs more than 20,000 people. www.ricoh-usa.com


The DISH Network plans to lay off 90 people in March 2018 at its East EL PASO manufacturing facility. The layoffs, slated to begin March 18, 2018, are for people who work in Dish's manufacturing division in El Paso, which refurbishes customer equipment for the satellite TV provider. Dish employs about 1,600 people at its El Paso facility, located at 1285 Joe Battle Drive. Most of those people work in the Dish call center, which is not affected by the job cuts. The company is eliminating one of three work shifts in the El Paso manufacturing division because demand for its equipment-refurbishing services has decreased with the introduction of new customer-service technologies, upgrading customers to newer equipment, and retiring older equipment. DISH, 9601 S. Meridian Boulevard, Englewood, CO 80112; www.dish.com