A new contract will save 282 jobs at barge maker Trinity Marine Products Inc. in Brusly.
The company on Thursday rescinded an Aug. 20 notice to the Louisiana Workforce Commission that said it would begin laying off its workforce on Oct. 23.
The company said Thursday a contract will allow the facility to remain open and retain all its employees.
Local officials were hopeful in August that Trinity would land a new contract.
“Trinity has done that several times over the years. … Usually, it will shut down a while, but they usually always come back,” West Baton Rouge Parish President Riley Berthelot Jr. had said. The yard closed for eight months in 2005, laying off 300 workers. In 2009, the yard laid off 190 workers.
“Trinity is the kind of company whose staffing is based on the contracts it has in the pipeline,” Brusly Mayor Joey Normand had said of the August layoff notice. “What this is telling me is that along about Christmastime, they just don’t have any work that they see is available. Now should they get some kind of big old contract in the next month or two, I’m sure they would just keep on keeping on in November.”
Trinity Marine Products makes dry-cargo and tank barges used on rivers and other inland waterways, according to the company’s website. The barges are used to move products that include grain and coal, and aggregates or petroleum, fertilizer, ethanol and chemicals.