Fluor to cut 600 in Sugar Land

More than 600 Fluor Corp. employees in Sugar Land will lose their jobs by the end of the year due to scaling back of a major overseas project.
The Irving-based engineering and construction firm told employees on Tuesday jobs would be cut, said spokesman Brian Mershon, but the company will try to place as many of those workers as possible on new or existing projects.
According to a notice filed with the Texas Workforce Commission the jobs will come from a variety of disciplines, including draftsmen, information technology workers and design engineers.
The first layoffs were expected to be made today (Oct. 8) and to continue through December, according to the filing.
Prior to the cuts Fluor employed about 3,500 in Sugar Land and 43,000 worldwide.
A number of oil and gas projects around the world have been canceled or scaled back in recent months due to the global financial downturn. Fluor said earlier this year that Kuwait canceled its contract for a planned al-Zour refinery, which took a $2.1 billion bite out of the company’s work load.
Here’s a copy of the notice Fluor gave the state:
Fluor Warn Notice Oct 2009