A large engineering and construction firm is cutting loose dozens of employees in Richmond as a major contract changes hands. But there’s likely good news for most of the workers.
South Carolina-based Fluor Corp. announced it will lay off 184 workers effective Oct. 6, according to a required notice it filed with the state earlier this month.
The cuts are a result of a long-running contract Fluor had to service DuPont’s facilities in the Richmond area. That contract this month was awarded to Houston-based KBR, another large, publicly-traded engineering and construction firm.
KBR said many of the employees that had worked on the Fluor contract have a chance of continuing under KBR, though it did not specify an exact count.
“KBR is delighted to employ people who have previously been contracted elsewhere,” Darrell Hargrave, KBR’s president of industrial services said in a prepared statement. “These new employees will commence working for KBR on Oct. 7, 2013.”
KBR did not disclose the value of the contract, but said it’s a five year extension to provide construction and maintenance on 26 DuPont sites.
Lisa Randall, DuPont’s local spokesperson, said Fluor has 147 contractors currently working on its facilities around Richmond. The positions include industrial construction and maintenance labor positions, she said. Fluor also has workers at an office it leases at the Willow Oaks office building on Forest Hill Avenue.
KBR will take over the contract on Oct. 7, Randall said. It is up to KBR as to how many Fluor employees it brings on.
DuPont’s largest local facility is its Spruance Plant, which sits on 400 acres off Commerce Road in Chesterfield County. It manufactures high-tech materials such as Kevlar, Nomex and Tyvek.
The company’s other Richmond facilities include its adjacent Zytel plant, its James River Plant off Jefferson Davis Highway and the DuPont Teijin Films plant in Hopewell. Aside from contract workers, DuPont and its units have about 3,000 employees in the Richmond region, about 2,400 of which work at the Spruance Plant.