Employees, who are currently employed by Brock Services LLC at Eastman Chemical Company’s Kingsport site will have the opportunity to work for Partner. Brock services LLC will soon cease the contract operation of the employees. Around 230 employees will be lay off from there but some or all of them be hired by the Partner Industrial. At Eastman’s 6,000-acre plant off Estes Parkway, Brock has offered soft craft services like scaffolding and maintenance work.
According to one of the statements of Daryl Johnson, vice president of marketing for Brock Services’ parent the Brock Group, Brock has notified employees at the facility and encouraged those affected to apply for similar, and soon to be available, positions with the new contract holder. And Brock will continue to support employees and Eastman during the transition process.
Brock’s scope of work at the Eastman plant dates to March 2014 but has had a business relationship with the chemical company since the 1980s, according to Brad Belote, an Eastman spokesman at corporate headquarters in Kingsport, Tennessee. Belote said in a statement that after an extensive and thoughtful review of several contractors’ bids, Eastman has selected Partner Industrial to provide soft civil crafts and other secondary services. Also, the bidding process is pursuant to Eastman’s policy to periodically request bids for service contracts to ensure Eastman’s service providers’ services and associated costs are competitive in their respective industries.
According to a letter received by the Texas Workforce Commission and signed by Krista DelSota, senior vice president and chief human resources officer at the Brock Group, Brock’s employees were notified earlier week only.
Workforce commission spokeswoman Lisa Givens said that workers may receive services without an official layoff. In addition, services include crisis counseling, financial planning assistance, stress or change management, resume and application preparation, job search help, labor market and career information, interview preparation and information related to Trade Adjustment Assistance.