Enbridge to Cut 500 Jobs
Enbridge announced Monday the company is laying off 500 workers and not filling 100 open positions.
Lorraine Little, Senior Manager of Public Affairs for Enbridge, says some employees in the Northland are part of the cuts. Enbridge employs 800 people in the Twin Ports.
Little would not confirm how many were cut in the Duluth/Superior area.
The move impacts 500 workers in the United States and Canada.
A majority of the cuts are expected to be in Canada.
Enbridge is Canada’s largest pipeline company.
Meanwhile, the company attributes the workforce reductions to low oil prices continuing to take a toll on the energy sector.
Enbridge released a statement to Fox 21 saying the following:
“On Nov. 16, Enbridge reduced its workforce by 5%, representing approximately 500 people at all levels across our operations and 100 unfilled positions. We are providing support during this difficult time to those leaving the company, including providing transition packages and outplacement services.
The actions we’ve taken in no way compromise our top priority of safety and operational reliability and protection of the environment.
A key element of our success depends on our competitiveness and our ability to withstand difficult times like those our industry is experiencing today. Disciplined cost management has always been part of that and core to our business model.
While Enbridge is more resilient to commodity price downturns than others, we’re not immune. We’re taking these actions to remain competitive, ensure we can continue to serve our stakeholders well and to further strengthen our foundation for the future.
Although these actions are necessary to maintain our competitiveness, our company is on very strong financial and strategic footing and we will continue to grow.”