Broken Arrow Plant Closing Its Doors

Wednesday, March 25th 2009, 5:21 pm
By: News On 6

By Dan Bewley, News On 6

BROKEN ARROW, OK -- A Broken Arrow manufacturing plant is closing its doors. Exterran announced on Wednesday that 150 people will be losing their jobs.

A company spokeswoman tells The News 6 the entire facility will be closed by the end of May.

The spokeswoman says the economic slowdown and need to restructure the company to remain competitive are the reasons behind the decision.

The facility manufactures natural gas compression units. It became Exterran in 2007 when two other companies merged.

Some of the 150 employees will be given the chance to move to another plant, but the spokeswoman would not say how many.

The final day of production will be May 27th. Until then employees will be meeting with company officials to learn about severance or other options.

Exterran owns another plant in Tulsa with 100 employees. The company spokeswoman says that plant will remain open. It's a different operation than what's done in Broken Arrow. The Tulsa facility is a processing and treatment facility.

Broken Arrow city officials had not heard the news until The News On 6 told them about it. They were quite surprised.