Layoffs at company unverified
CROWLEY – A large layoff at the Capitol Manufacturing Company, which is one of the largest employers in Acadia Parish, has been reported by several sources around the Crowley area. One source had the company laying off approximately 150 people.
When contacted Tuesday morning, however, two representatives with the company gave conflicting accounts of the layoff. One person stated that the layoff never took place, with another refusing to speak about the situation.
“We’re not allowed to comment on that,” said a woman reached by phone at the company’s facility at 1125 Capitol Rd. yesterday.
Capitol Manufacturing is a producer of a variety of piping supplies. According to their company website, they produce plumbing piping and pumps, products for facility water distribution, domestic water piping, water utility distribution piping and sanitary utility sewerage piping.
One source, who wished to remain anonymous, said that the employees who were let go were a part of the company’s production department. Another said that the people were laid off with the promise that it would only be for a couple of weeks. However, due to the non-response of the company, neither of these reports could be verified.
With the nation’s economy in shambles, it would not be the first company in the area to have layoffs and, unfortunately, will probably not be the last. Home Depot recently laid off 7,000 workers nationwide with several of them in the Acadiana area. In a press release in mid-January, Circuit City announced the liquidation of all their stores nationwide and their Lafayette location will soon be completely shut down. Several people in the oil and gas industry have also lost their jobs in recent week as the price of oil and natural gas has plummeted in recent months.
The Post-Signal will keep you informed on the situation at Capitol as warranted.