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CENTRAL TEXAS

The Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Co. filed the Chapter 11 petition on January 28, 2017, with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Fort Worth, less than a month after the company laid off most of its workforce in FORT WORTH.  On January 3, 2017, about 30 workers were laid off, leaving less than 10 employees at the company. The Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Co., 685 John B Sias Memorial Parkway, Suite 515, Fort Worth, TX 76134; 844-534-6426.

GE Manufacturing Services – GEMS
filed a WARN notice with the Texas Workforce Commission on February 1, 2017, stating that it will be laying off 208 employees in FORT WORTH on April 3, 2017.    The plant has been building an average of 10 locomotives a week. But the company hasn't booked a new order for a North American locomotive since 2014 and volume is expected to fall as the plant works through the current backlog of orders. As a result, production volume is down at the GE Manufacturing Solutions facility, requiring only 50 percent of the site's available capacity. Another change is expected in June 2017, when GE expects to cut its workweek from 40 hours to 32. The company stated that shortening the workweek by 8 hours, would save 70 jobs. GE Manufacturing Solutions, 16201 Three Wide Drive, Ft. Worth, TX 76177; 817-288-9300; GE Transportation Headquarters, 500 W Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60661; www.getransportation.com

NORTH TEXAS

PermianLide is a manufacturer of above-ground storage tanks and processing equipment for the oil and natural gas exploration and production industry. PermianLide has two well-known industry brands; Permian Tank & Manufacturing and Lide Industries. PermianLide has 8 manufacturing plants and two distribution centers across Texas, Oklahoma and South Dakota. PermianLide not only manufactures a variety of wellsite related processing equipment, but also walkways and stairways used at wellsites. PermianLide's trucking service delivers and installs tanks and equipment with trucks equipped with knuckleboom cranes, which have the capability of setting tanks and equipment inside the wellsite containment wall. PermianLide will lay off as many as 40 employees in KILGORE and 45 in MEXIA when its plants in those cities close by March 14, 2017. Permian Tank and Manufacturing Inc. has plants in Kilgore at 3405 S. Henderson Boulevard and at 1618 West Highway 84 in Mexia. PermianLide also has plants in Canadian, Giddings, Troy, and two facilities in Odessa. PermianLide will consolidate the Kilgore manufacturing to a facility in Troy. PermianLide, 17101 Preston Road, Suite 230, Dallas, TX 75248; 972-407-0707; www.permianlide.com 

On February 14, 2017, Skyline Homette Corporation filed a notice under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act that it is laying off 105 employees on April 11, 2017, in MANSFIELD. Skyline Corp. uses the plant to build its manufactured housing products. Skyline Corp. will cease operations at the plant at 606 S. 2nd Street in Mansfield. The suspension is due to the plant being unable to profitably operate since it was converted from producing recreational vehicles to manufactured housing in fiscal 2014. The Elkhart, Indiana-based company said it was seeking a buyer for the 80,100-square foot facility. Skyline plans to close Mansfield plant if no buyer found. Skyline Corporation, PO Box 743, Elkhart, IN 46515; 574-294-6521; 800-755-6521; www.skylinecorp.com


SOUTH TEXAS

Anadarko Petroleum - Carrizo Springs filed a WARN notice with the Texas Workforce Commission on February 3, 2017, that it is laying off 85 workers on April 10, 2017 in CARRIZO SPRINGS. The cuts are associated with the planned sale of all exploration and production assets managed out of the company’s office at 4674 U.S. Highway 277. Anadarko Petroleum, 1201 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77380; 832-636-1000; www.anadarko.com

SOUTHEAST TEXAS 

HOUSTON-based Atwood Oceanics, Inc. eliminated 86 offshore Gulf jobs as its Atwood Condor rig goes into an extended maintenance and upgrading phase. The employees reported to the Atwood Oceanics Management Inc. office at 15011 Katy Freeway in Houston. The rig eventually will move to Australia for new work. Atwood Oceanics, Inc., Atwood Oceanics Management, Inc., 15011 Katy Freeway, Suite 800, Houston, TX 77094; 281-749-7800; www.atwd.com 

Sandy Springs, Georgia-based CSM Bakery Solutions produces bakery ingredients, finished products and offers services for retail and foodservice markets as well as artisan and industrial bakeries. CSM will close its SUGAR LAND food manufacturing facility on March 31, 2017, and will lay off 147 people. CSM serves customers in more than 100 countries. It provides specialized ingredients, including dry mixes, fillings, icings, glazes and mélange, and it bakes finished products such as cakes, doughnuts, brownies and specialty breads. CSM Bakery Solutions, 5775 Glenridge Drive, Building A, Sandy Springs, GA 30328; 404-478-5400; Fax: 770-493 5953; www.csmbakerysolutions.com 

Switzerland-based Transocean, which operates out of HOUSTON, cut about 120 jobs at the end of January 2017 as its Deepwater Asgard drilling rig in the Gulf ended its work with Chevron. The rig joins dozens of other offshore Gulf rigs that are currently out of work as the bulk of new drilling activity is focused on cheaper and faster onshore shale. The employees reported to Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc. at 4 Greenway Plaza in Houston. Also in January 2017, Transocean cut another 70 to 80 Houston-based jobs on another stacked rig, after it cut a couple hundred such jobs in 2016. Transocean, 4 Greenway Plaza, Houston, TX 77046; 713-232-7500; www.deepwater.com 

HOUSTON-based Vanguard Natural Resources, an exploration and production company (together with its wholly-owned subsidiaries, collectively, announced February 2, 2017, that the Company has voluntarily filed petitions for relief under chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. Vanguard has filed a series of motions with the court that, when granted, will enable the company to maintain its operations as usual, without interruption throughout the restructuring process. Included in these first day motions are requests to continue to pay employee wages, honor existing employee benefit programs and pay royalties to mineral owners under the terms of the applicable agreements. The Company has also filed motions seeking authority to pay expenses associated with production operation and drilling and completion activities, as well as costs associated with gathering, processing, transportation, marketing and those related to joint interest billing for non-operated properties. www.vnrllc.com 

Weatherford International said it plans to sell its U.S. hydraulic fracturing business and its Middle East drilling rig division as it continues to cut jobs worldwide. Weatherford is cutting another 3,000 jobs worldwide while closing additional facilities. Roughly 2,000 cuts are already made — about half late in 2016 and the other half in January 2017 — with another 1,000 layoffs on the way.  Since the beginning of 2014, Weatherford has reduced its workforce to below 30,000 from more than 67,000. That includes about 9,000 jobs cut in 2016. www.weatherford.com