- Associated Press - Friday, September 2, 2016

VIVIAN, La. (AP) - A Caddo Parish rivet-making plant is closing, meaning 40 workers could be laid off

KSLA-TV (http://bit.ly/2cah6b3 ) reports that the Gesipa plant in Vivian will close by Dec. 15, with production consolidating with another plant in Mocksville, North Carolina.

Mayor Michael Van Schoick says workers are being offered transfers to North Carolina, but many don’t want to go.

A unit of Swiss-based SFS Intec, Gesipa says it’s consolidating the plant for economic reasons.

Gesipa representatives contacted KSLA back, telling us the choice to consolidate the Vivian plant with the one in Mocksville, NC was “an economic one.” The plant opened in 1990.

Van Shoick says the town is already struggling with decreasing oil and gas exploration activity.

Gesipa says the Louisiana Workforce Commission plans to meet with employees Sept. 15.

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Information from: KSLA-TV, http://ksla.com

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