By Wyatt Goolsby
MIDLAND/ODESSA - West Texas businesses are starting to feel the shockwaves from a poor National economy. Three Basin companies all announced layoffs this week.
The most recent cutback came Thursday from Big-Tex Trailers in Odessa. Specifically, they shut its doors on all manufacturing activity in Odessa. On Thursday, Big-Tex officials said the demand for flatbed trailers has gone down in parts of the country, and to save money, they are keeping the the manufacturing section closed, while keeping other parts open. At this point, BigTex Trailers will not say how many employees have been let go, but they tell us some have taken jobs with other departments in the company.
BigTex, however, is not the only company who has announced layoffs this week. In addition, Oxy Permian, an oil and gas exploration company, told NewsWest 9 they have eliminated a small number of positions, but no word on how many exactly.
NewsWest 9 has also been telling you about the dozens layed off in February as part of the Flint Hills chemical plant shutting down in May. This week, 57 employees were supposed to receive a pink slip.
All three of the companies said the National economy is the reason for cutbacks. In a statement, BigTex officials said "this decision is not related to the overall economic condition in the Odessa-Midland area, but is a result of the ongoing National economic challenges that are facing all manufacturing companies.
Specifically, Big-Tex says they will continue to manufacture trailers, but they'll do it at their facility in East Texas.
Their service and repair divisions will remain open in Odessa.
It is possible Big-Tex could re-open their trailer manufacturing plant in Odessa in the future.
But it's another example of how an ailing national economy is affecting us here in West Texas.