The Duncan Banner

September 30, 2010

P.M. Update: Halliburton offers transition packages to some at tech center

Toni Hopper
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — In the last five years, Duncan Halliburton employees have rode a rollercoaster of layoffs and restructuring and this week, the ride continues with the latest notice of a transfer that is expected to occur in 2012.

Yet, at the same time, the company that helped build Duncan, continues to invest in Duncan, with more than 200 hires at the manufacturing center since the beginning of the year.

In February, Halliburton, based in Houston, notified Duncan Technology Center employees that about 150 personnel would be affected in the 2012 transfer. The first acknowledgement that such a transfer might happen came in 2009.

Halliburton announced this week that about 85 percent of the 150 employees  of the 400 currently employed, are affected and would receive a transfer offer.

The company has been building a state-of-the-art facility at its Texas headquarters. 

“While the transition date is not until 2012, Halliburton believes it is important that employees know sooner rather than later whether or not they will receive a transfer offer,” stated Zelma Branch, with Halliburton Public Affairs, in an e-mail to The Banner.  “Approximately 85 percent of the 150 employees will receive transfer offers.”

Teresa Wong, manager of public relations, in Houston, said it is the company’s intention to retain the other 15 percent during the transitional phase, up to 2012.

“After 2012, they will have the opportunity to seek positions at other Halliburton offices or in the event of separation, they will receive outplacement services and severance packages,” Wong said.

— Toni Hopper is a reporter for The Duncan Banner. She can be reached at 580-255-5354, Ext. 132 or by e-mail at: