Trucking facility employees forced to relocate

More than 30 employees at a Buckhannon trucking facility will be forced to relocate to West Virginia’s northern panhandle or be without work by the end of February.

Oilfield Trucking Solutions, a company owned by Chesapeake Energy that provides oilfield-related fluid transportation in the Marcellus and Utica shales in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, announced its location on the Old Weston Road will be permanently closing.

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act letter sent to Upshur County officials indicated the affected employees are not represented by a labor union and do not have seniority transfer rights with the plant closing.

The operations will be moved to a plant in Beech Bottom in Brooke County, a move being done to bring the trucking operations closer to current sites.

“In order to be competitive and maintain continuity, we must be located in close proximity to the activity in play,” Oilfield Trucking Solutions president Chris Broussard said. “Currently, there is a great deal of focus on developing the highest-return, liquids-rich shale plays such as West Virginia’s northern panhandle, and this new location assists in facilitating this objective.”

Broussard said 31 employees will be effected by the Buckhannon plant’s closing, and most of those workers have been offered the opportunity to relocate to the Beech Bottom plant. He said those who were not offered the opportunity to move were provided with a severance. At least 23 of the effected employees were listed as truck drivers, according to the notification letter.