Turner Industries

Turner Industries has filed paperwork outlining the possibility of a large scale reduction in its workforce. The company says market conditions have not returned to pre-pandemic levels.

BATON ROUGE, La. — A Turner Industries official on Monday confirmed the company has no intentions of closing the plant that has been in Paris since 1999.

Rumors began circulating last week when local plant manager Chris Bailey sent out a letter to employees informing them of planned lay-offs beginning June 5 due to current economic conditions associated with COVID-19.

“Turner Pipe is not closing,” Turner Industries vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer John Fenner said. “The layoffs are temporary, and we have every intention to resume normal business operations.”

Fenner said the company will maintain a staff at the facility, and will be poised to resume normal operations once work returns.

“As work increases, jobs will again become available,” Fenner said. “If work increases before the June 5 date, jobs will again become available.

Bailey’s letter to the plant’s more than 500 employees read in part:

“The current economic conditions and the declaration of the unprecedented “Coronavirus (COVID-19) as a global pandemic has created impossibly unforeseen business circumstances. The circumstances have caused a sudden and dramatic loss of customer orders and have had an adverse impact on Turner’s financial status and ability to continue operations at the facility.”

BATON ROUGE, La. — A Turner Industries official confirmed today the company has no intentions of permanently closing the plant that has been in Paris since 1999.

Rumors began circulating last week when local plant manager Chris Bailey sent out a letter to employees informing them of planned lay-offs beginning June 5 due to current economic conditions associated with Covid-19.

“Turner Pipe is not closing,” Turner Industries vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer John Fenner said. “The layoffs are temporary, and we have every intention to resume normal business operations.”

Fenner said the company will maintain a staff at the facility, and it will be poised to resume normal operations once work returns.

“As work increases, jobs will again become available,” Fenner said. “If work increases before the June 5 date, jobs will again become available.

Mary Madewell is a staff writer for The Paris News. She can be reached at 903-785-6976 or at mary.madewell@theparisnews.com.

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