Eastman switches contractors, 229 jobs could be impacted

Eastman switches contractors, 229 jobs could be impacted

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - The bidding has closed and Eastman Chemical Company is switching contractors - a change that could impact about 200 jobs.

Wednesday a company spokesperson confirmed the company is switching over its construction and supplemental maintenance services to Jacobs Field Services. The contract was previously held by KBR. KBR declined to comment when contacted.

Eastman Chemical has branches in Kingsport, Tennessee and Longview, Texas.

The change has potential to impact 229 employees who work for KBR-Longview.

Brad Belote, who works in corporate communications for Eastman said the company opted to switch to Jacobs because they offered a more competitive bid.

Belote says typically when the company switches contractors, the new contract will attempt to retain employees. However, he says "Jacobs Field Services ultimately has the final decision on hiring for its employees."

KLTV has reached out to Jacobs Field Services for comment.

The potential change in the company's workforce was reported on the Texas Workforce Commission's latest Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notifications. The WARN Act requires companies to provide notice 60 days in advance of plant closures or mass layoffs.

Of the bidding process, Belote said:

"After an extensive and thoughtful review of responses received through a competitive bidding process, Eastman has selected Jacobs Field Services as the construction and supplemental maintenance services contractor for both its Kingsport, Tenn., and Longview, Texas, site.

The bidding process is pursuant to Eastman's policy to periodically review service contracts and, when appropriate, request bids for service contracts to ensure that Eastman's service providers' services and associated costs are competitive in their respective industries. Eastman selected Jacobs because of its competitive bid. Eastman's service providers are key partners in our efforts to continually improve cost and quality while driving growth."

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