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Under certain circumstances, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act requires a company to provide notice 60 days in advance of plant closures or mass layoffs. The WARN Act is intended to offer protection to workers, their families and communities. Radio Shack Corporation filed a WARN notice on March 24, 2017, stating that it is laying off 150 employees on May 26, 2017, in FORT WORTH. In a letter to the Texas Workforce Commission, the company said it is trying to "reorganize and emerge from bankruptcy as an ongoing business." It may have to close the headquarters, if it cannot come up with a way to restructure. Even if it does restructure, however, it may have to lay off employees, the letter said. RadioShack is going through its second bankruptcy filing in just over two years. It filed its most recent petition in bankruptcy court in Delaware in March 2017. As part of that filing, the company said it would close about 200 stores and consider options for the remaining 1,300 stores. After its bankruptcy filing in 2015, General Wireless and Sprint bought the trademark, and 1,700 stores. The headquarters remained in Fort Worth. www.radioshack.com


Gulf Marine Fabricators, which has eliminated hundreds of jobs in ARANSAS PASS the last 22 months, is planning to trim another 19 positions during the next four weeks. The company filed a notice under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act on February 21, 2017 with the Texas Workforce Commission. Notices were sent out to the offshore manufacturer's employees on February 16, 2017. The layoffs will be completed by April 20, 2017. Gulf Marine Fabricators' Aransas Pass facility, on Farm-to-Market Road 2725, has operated as a subsidiary of Houston-based Gulf Island Fabrication Inc. since its purchase in 2006. The company manufactures and assembles offshore drilling and production platforms, hulls, decks and other specialized structures used in the development and production of offshore oil and gas reserves. Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc., 16225 Park Ten Place, Suite 280, Houston, TX 77084; 713-714-6100; www.gulfisland.com


About 60 employees at Anadarko Petroleum Corp. were laid off after the company sold its assets in the Eagle Ford Shale, an oil and natural gas field in South Texas. Anadarko announced in January 2017 that it sold its Eagle Ford holdings to Sanchez Energy Corp. and the Blackstone Group. The sale included 155,000 net acres in Dimmit and Webb counties, an area that generates 45,000 barrels of oil each day and 131 million cubic feet of natural gas each day. An unspecified number of Anadarko employees went to work for Sanchez. But about 60 employees who supported the project, mostly from Anadarko’s headquarters in THE WOODLANDS, were not retained by Sanchez. The employees worked in a variety of areas including operations and accounting. Anadarko Petroleum Corp., 1201 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77380; 832-636-1000; www.anadarko.com

Emas Chiyoda Subsea Ltd. (ECS) and 14 subsidiaries have filed for bankruptcy in HOUSTON and will be back in court on March 28, 2017. ECS is a joint venture between Singapore-based Ezra Holdings Ltd. and the Chiyoda Corp., based in Japan. The companies formed the partnership in March 2016 when Chiyoda Corp. bought into Ezra's subsea services business, EMAS. ECS' Houston office is at 825 Town and Country Lane in CityCentre, where the original EMAS secured a major lease in 2014. www.ezraholdings.com

Canadian pipeline company Enbridge is cutting 1,000 jobs, largely in Houston and Calgary, Canada, after completing its acquisition of HOUSTON-based Spectra Energy in February 2017. Enbridge will leave its downtown Houston offices and consolidate in the former Spectra headquarters in the Galleria area. The 1,000 jobs represent a 6 percent workforce reduction across the U.S. and Canada. The number of jobs to be cut in Houston was not disclosed. When the deal closed in February, the merged company had almost 17,000 workers, including almost 1,750 in Houston. Enbridge will leave its eight floors in the 1100 Louisiana building, known as Enterprise Plaza, and move the more than 700 employees who work there to Spectra’s old headquarters on Westheimer Court by the end of 2017. Enbridge, 1100 Louisiana Street, Suite 3300, Houston, TX 77002; 713-821-2000; Fax: 713-821-2230; www.enbridge.com

Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas filed a WARN notice with the Texas Workforce Commission on March 3, 2017, that it is laying off 20 employees on April 30, 2017 in HOUSTON. The employees work at 700 Milam in Houston. Those employees supported divested assets in onshore California and the Gulf of Mexico. The company provided the same statement in another WARN letter earlier in 2017. That letter disclosed 36 downtown Houston job cuts between March 31 and April 13, 2017. Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas has been selling off major assets and cutting jobs over the past several months as it restructures. It recently sold its Gulf of Mexico assets to Anadarko and its California assets to Denver-based Sentinel Peak Resources. Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas, Houston Oil and Gas Office, 700 Milam, Suite 3100, Houston, TX 77002; 713-579-6000; www.fcx.com


In January 2017, Noble Energy, Inc. and Clayton Williams Energy, Inc. announced that the Boards of Directors of both companies approved and the companies have executed a definitive agreement under which Noble Energy will acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Clayton Williams Energy. As a result, Noble Energy plans to lay off 123 Clayton Williams Midland employees ahead of their planned merger, although some of the field workers may keep their jobs. The merger is expected to be completed in mid-April 2017, and the first layoffs are to set begin in May with remaining separations occurring throughout the following months. On March 8, 2017, Noble Energy – CWEI, filed a WARN notice with the Texas Workforce Commission that it is laying off 123 employees in Midland on December 31, 2017. Noble Energy, Inc., 1001 Noble Energy Way, Houston, TX 77070; 281-872-3100; www.nobleenergyinc.com