Greka lays off 31 workers
Santa Maria-based Greka Energy, which has spilled hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil and processed water over the past year, has laid off more than 20 percent of its local workforce.
The company said Nov. 25 that it laid off 31 employees, or about 22 percent of its Santa Maria workers.
In a prepared statement, Greka President Andrew DeVegvar said the cuts came about after the company suffered “substantial revenue losses for almost seven months.” County regulators had shut down 95 percent of Greka’s production while the company was “spending millions every month to satisfy regulatory demands,” DeVegvar said in the release.
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