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Tesoro Hawaii begins layoffs as sale talks continue

By Star-Advertiser Staff

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LAST UPDATED: 02:54 p.m. HST, Jun 03, 2013



Tesoro Hawaii sent  layoff notices to a "handful" of employees today as it continued talks with prospective buyers to sell its Kapolei refinery, said spokesman Lance Tanaka.

"A small group received notices today," said Tanaka. Some of the employees who received notices will be laid off on June 17 and others on June 21, Tanaka said.

Tanaka added that the company remained in discussion with interested parties to sell the refinery that once employed 240. If a buyer is found, some of the workers may continue with the new owner, Tanaka said.

Tesoro Hawaii filed a notice with the state on May 10 saying the company plans to lay off 165 workers in three phases starting June 14 at its Kapolei refinery if the company can't find a buyer for the facility. Tanaka said the employees notified today were the initial group. A second group will be laid off starting June 28 and a third group starting July 12, according to Tesoro's May 10 notice.

Tesoro initially informed the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations in February that it planned to close the refinery and begin laying off workers on May 1. But when that day arrived, Tesoro officials announced that they were postponing the layoffs while pursuing negotiations with a potential buyer or buyers that would continue operations at the state's largest oil refinery.







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allie wrote:
I am so sorry for these workers. I guess our refinery days are over. maybe we can now import refined gas from the mainland instead of the very expensive Indonesian unrefined petrol.
on June 3,2013 | 02:20PM
FrankieT wrote:
Well, that would be a nice change. But the poor workers what about them?
on June 3,2013 | 03:40PM
sailfish1 wrote:
What makes you think that the "refined gas from the mainland" won't be more expensive that what it is today?
on June 3,2013 | 06:56PM
localguy wrote:
Lets hope the possible closure of this refinery does not bring much higher gas prices to the Nei. Time will tell.
on June 3,2013 | 04:01PM
stingray65 wrote:
Back to basic again, less supply more demand, cost more.
on June 3,2013 | 04:48PM
doedhaja wrote:
Wind, Sun, Ocean, Bio's where is it Neil, Mazie Jade.
on June 3,2013 | 05:33PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Shame on Tesoro, the refinery isn't losing money ... just not making as much as they would like so they're gonna cut and run. Good Luck to their employees, it's too bad Tesoro won't keep it running until a buyer is found.
on June 3,2013 | 06:38PM
Shotzy wrote:
Truly dis-heartning for the employees. I doubt they will be able to find jobs making half of what they currently make. At least they had a little heads up to start looking for another job.
on June 4,2013 | 06:33AM
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