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Hi-Crush Whitehall Plant Goes Idle

According to the Lacrosse Tribune, the Hi-Crush Frac and Sand Mine in Whitehall, Wis., is closing. The closure means 35 to 40 people will lose their jobs.

“The layoff is necessitated by unforeseeable business circumstances associated with decreased profitability in shipping sand from the company’s Canadian plants and the company’s responsibilities to its shareholders to operate cost effectively,” Hi-Crush announced in a statement to state and local officials.

“Accordingly, the company has no choice but to halt production at its Whitehall plant,” the company said. “We are hopeful that the layoff is temporary but the duration is presently unknown. The company does not anticipate a change in conditions in the foreseeable future and expects the layoff to last through at least the end of 2019.”

Most of the employees are hourly workers, and the company said there will be no employee bumping rights. The company said it will ensure that employees will be paid all earned wages at the time of layoff.

The state Department of Workforce Development and its Dislocated Worker Program will provide assistance for workers.