Almost 90 Baker-Hughes oil well service employees were shocked to find out they no longer had a job Thursday, and those laid off with families to feed are wondering what to do next.
Officials from the Baker-Hughes facility in Columbia called for a mandatory meeting last Wednesday and by Thursday morning their worst fears had been confirmed. Employee of 3 years, Bryan Sartin says it came without warning. "I just feel they could have done a better job of protecting the workers and making sure we still had a job and working with us instead of just coming out of the blue one day and saying hey we no longer need you and shutting the doors, go home."
County elected official Terry Broome says he was shocked when he found out the news, "It was a surprise to start with. We heard it one day and then the next day they shut down evidently." Shutting down without notice led some workers to question, "How, with the record profit margins the Columbia facility generated could it be it be shut down?" Some folks say it was do to an overpriced facility built in Shreveport, Louisiana. Either way, with 89 people out of work the ripple effect will be felt throughout Marion County.