World-wide operator Baker Hughes, now a GE company confirms it will close its operations in south Oklahoma as the firm pushes ahead with its merger that was announced last year.
The firm’s artificial lift systems operation will be closed but it’s unclear how many jobs will be affected. Some positions from the former GE facility will be moved to the Baker Hughes artificial lift systems facility in Claremore.
“These decisions are never easy because it affects our colleagues and friends, and it is in no way a reflection of the caliber of our workforce,” the company said in a statement. “Roughly half of the impacted employees will be invited to continue working at other nearby BHGE (Baker Hughes GE) sites, while all others will be able to apply for other job openings within BHGE.”
“This decision comes after an in-depth evaluation of how to best optimize our portfolio as part of our synergy and integration process,” the company said in Wednesday’s statement.
“This move is part of our long-term strategy to streamline our business and expand our services capability to become even more responsive and competitive on behalf of our customers.”
The newly-merged company includes the Baker Hughes operations in Claremore and Oklahoma City as well as GE’s Oklahoma City Oil and Gas Technology Center.
“Artificial lift systems is part of our fullstream integrated offering that our customers value,” the company said Wednesday. “This is a product line that we’re confident will grow in the future and deliver for our customers. BHGE is committed to continuing to offer the highest quality, cost-effective products and services in support of our customer’s growth and profitability.”