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Layoffs continue to ripple across Texas transport and manufacturing industries

It is the third round of mass layoffs announced by the Texas Workforce Commission since March 31.

Businesses in transport and manufacturing continue to shed hundreds of jobs in Texas. Photo credit: Shutterstock

Texas layoffs continue across the transport, manufacturing and oilfield industries, according to a new round of worker reduction notices to state officials on Friday.

It is the third round of mass layoffs announced by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) since March 31 under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act.

According to reports, U.S. Silica Sandbox Solutions, Sun Coast Resources, FTS International and Yazaki North America are among the businesses in the transport and manufacturing industries that have conducted layoffs in recent days.

U.S. Silica Sandbox Solutions announced it was laying off 105 employees at its operation in Midland, Texas. The company hauls frac sand to fracking wells in the Permian Basin of West Texas.

“As a result of the unforeseeable, dramatic downturn in business caused by the coronavirus natural disaster and steeply declining oil prices, (U.S. Silica) initiated a series of group layoffs at the Sandbox Logistics site in Midland,” the company said in its WARN notice.

Sun Coast Resources, a tanker truck hauling company, laid off 70 employees at its truck yard in Midland.

“The combination of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and the crude oil price war initiated by the governments of Russia and Saudi Arabia in recent weeks have wreaked havoc on the energy industry as well as the entire U.S. economy,” Sun Coast officials said according to state filings.

FTS International, an oil services company with a fleet of trucks carrying sand and other materials needed for frack wells, announced it was furloughing 59 employees at a facility in Longview, Texas.

“This furlough, resulting from unforeseeable business circumstances will last at least six months and may turn into a permanent separation from employment,” FTS officials said.

Yazaki North America said it is laying off 43 employees at its facility in El Paso, Texas. Yazaki makes wire harness parts for Daimler, General Motors, Honda and Toyota. 

While Yazaki is not a freight or logistics company, its automotive parts manufacturing affects cross-border freight shipments.

More than 2,700 oil and gas workers across Texas also lost their jobs according to state filings on Friday. The companies announcing layoffs included Halliburton Energy Services, Baker Hughes and NexTier Completion Solutions. 


  1. Stephen Webster’s

    Many jobs available in the Ontario Greenhouse industry at $16.00 cd or $11.50 u s per hour. Some people are homeless and unable to work because the loss of a leg fungus that has damaged a foot including former truck drivers. The government only has so much available in lines of credit. Better to print more money causing a round of inflation that selling bonds to China or other interests. Part it the oil and gas industry in Canada also hurt. A plan to put some those people to work in Manufacturing is needed along with a long term plan to have certain things made in Canada, U S and certain lower risk items made in Mexico. China has 2 or 3 stinger versions of C19 or worse in a lab as of January 15 of this year and we are told is working on a Vaccine for those. The W H O and China gave different information than what was coming out of people in Hong Kong with relatives in certain cities in China. Both those asin groups jet up masks factories in Taiwan and bought masks out Mexico before January 15 of this year. A group of health care workers from B. C. and some old age homes and one volunteer doctor at homeless shelter in Toronto Ontario plus a 80 year old professor who is very connected with Jewish intelligence tried to the Government the first week that I was camped out at queens park to prepare for this. Even after C 19 was out New York City let possibly sick homeless people sleep all night on subway cars. Toronto, Windsor Ontario told people to sleep on the street that had been camped out with those that had expired from C 19 as late as March 24. This is 2 months after I camped out out at queens park protesting the Ontario government lack of plans for possible sick poor and in some cases homeless because insurance companies in Ontario Canada delays in claims for years costing taxpayers nonprofits groups money and sometimes people lives.

  2. douglas shockley

    Kamir, I really do not feel that this is the forum to state your views of the USA. we are a great country with great people who help millions of people all over the world. I hope that Freightwaves removes your statement and blocks you from future contributions to any and all of their sites.


      When the dollar becomes worthless .you won’t be able to buy anything with it. At the rate worth printing them soon toilet paper is going to be worth more than $100 bill

  3. Mike

    Hold on to your britches, Detroit is closed indefinitely… And the government is paying $23 an hour to sit at home until October, and that is when the next flu season starts, and those “benefits” get extended… Stick a fork in the USA, we are done. Bank on it.

  4. Dave

    This is nothing. Friday is layoff day. ANd this is just Texas. Today there were layoffs all over the place. Sad and it’s getting worse.

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Noi Mahoney

Noi Mahoney is a Texas-based journalist who covers cross-border trade, logistics and supply chains for FreightWaves. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in English in 1998. Mahoney has more than 20 years experience as a journalist, working for newspapers in Florida, Maryland and Texas. Contact [email protected]