July 15, 2022 |

In an update to the story about the layoffs at the refinery in the Town of Sinclair this week, the media division at HF Sinclair for the first time detailed the layoffs.

In an email to Bigfoot 99, Communications Director Corinn Smith said that 87 employees were notified that their roles were being eliminated at the Sinclair, Wyoming, facility. Of those 87, 32 were informed that their roles had been eliminated effective immediately, while the remainder will stay on until September 2022.

The company did not respond directly to a question about how many employee positions might have been eliminated in the days or weeks leading up to Tuesday’s massive layoff.

Bigfoot 99 first learned about the layoffs separately from two local elected officials Tuesday over the noon hour. The first said 90 employees had been laid off. The other official put the number at 97 after talking with constituents. Family members of affected employees reported that some workers had been laid off prior to Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Governor Mark Gordon’s office confirmed that the Department of Workforce Services was contacted by HF Sinclair on July 13th and will provide support to affected workers. According to a statement, DWS has a rapid response team that can help laid off employees register for available assistance immediately, including unemployment insurance, job search and placement assistance on site in the Rawlins Work Force Center. Resume, application and application assistance is also available.

Pictured above: File photo of the HF Sinclair refinery. Photo by Cali O’Hare/Bigfoot 99.

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