A Bakersfield-based trucking company active in Kern County oil fields has disclosed plans to lay off more than 100 local employees early next year.
KVS Transportation Inc. told government agencies Dec. 3 it will permanently let go of 111 workers effective Feb. 3. The notice was required under a federal law mandating advance warning of job cuts affecting 50 or more employees during any 30-day period.
The company was unavailable for comment Thursday.
KVS, founded in the 1970s and headquartered at 3752 Allen Road, specializes in vacuum truck services, a routine chore in Kern oil fields. Its customers include major oil companies operating locally.
The more than 60 percent plunge in global oil prices since June 2014 has cost Kern County more than 2,500 jobs over the last 12 months. That’s a loss of at least one in every five jobs directly tied to local oil production.