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Drilling support firm lays off dozens from Clearfield County office

Calfrac Well Services laid off about 60 workers last week from its Chester Hill office.

The cuts were due to slowed production of natural gas in central Pennsylvania that has left the company without any ongoing work, a company spokesman said.

Calfrac, a Calgary, Alberta-based company that provides oil and gas exploration companies with acidizing, hydraulic fracturing, coiled tubing, nitrogen and CO2 drilling, won’t close the office and skip town. There’s too much potential business in central Pennsylvania to leave the area, so about 10 employees were spared to maintain equipment and the facility and to support sales.

“We’re working to get more work in that area, and we’re confident that more work will come back,” Calfrac Vice President of Human Resources Ed Oke said. “This is tied to commodity prices, and we’re hoping as the year goes on prices will turn and then activity will pick up and we’ll try to rehire most of the employees.”

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