- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The energy technology arm of General Electric will eliminate 269 jobs when it closes its Rapides Parish facility later this year and Blue Sky Innovations in Lafayette is letting 55 employees go this month after losing a key contract.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Tuesday that the GE layoffs will begin in December, and the plant will close by year’s end.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports (https://bit.ly/29jAkxg ) the affected GE Oil & Gas employees at the Pineville site work in manufacturing, sales/services and engineering. The company notified the state of its pending layoffs July 1.

Officials say hourly employees at Blue Sky will be let go by the end of July. Salaried employees will remain until the end of the year.

Blue Sky provides aviation support, project management, procurement and other services for the energy industry.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, https://www.nola.com

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