Layoffs coming for hundreds of marine workers

Layoffs coming for hundreds of marine workers

MADISONVILLE, LA (WVUE) - Trinity Marine Products Inc. announced it is shutting down  its Madisonville plant which will result in pink slips going out to 336 people.  Trinity Marine sent notice of the plant closure to the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

Trinity plans to begin closing the facility, located on the Tchefuncte River on Dec. 4, 2015.  The closure is expected to be closed by the end of the year.    In the coming months, personnel from the state's Workforce Commission Rapid Response team will be visiting the plant to
provide re-employment services to the affected employees.

Some services being offered to those facing layoffs include information about
unemployment insurance benefits, résumé and interview skills training and job searching tools. Affected
employees may also visit their local Business and Careers Solutions Center to learn more about LWC

Trinity Marine Products Inc. had also planned to close one it's plants in Brusly, Louisiana.  But the company later changed its mind after receiving a new contract.

Companies are required to file advance notice with the state if there is a full plant closure resulting in 50 or more employees losing their jobs in any 30-day period or if there is a mass layoff during any 30-day period. A layoff is considered a mass layoff if it is more than 500
employees or if is between 50 and 499 employees and comprises 33 percent or more of the active workforce
at that particular site.

Trinity Marine Products, Inc advertises itself as  a leading manufacturer of barges used to transport cargo on U.S. inland waterways as well as the largest U.S. manufacturer of fiberglass hopper barge covers used primarily on grain barges. Under the brand name Nabrico®, Trinity Marine Products provides a full line of deck hardware to the marine industry, including hatches, castings, and winches for towboats and dock facilities.

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