DUNCAN — A Halliburton official has confirmed the energy giant will relocate the majority of its operations in El Reno to Duncan this month.

Emily Mir, Halliburton senior director of global communications and marketing, confirmed the relocation in a statement on Tuesday.

“We made this decision in response to reduced activity levels in Oklahoma and the greater Mid-Continent area,” Mir said. “Consolidating our operations takes advantage of Halliburton’s extensive footprint and synergies in the Duncan area, including a strong employee hub and manufacturing expertise.”

On Monday, The Associated Press reported the company laid off more than 800 employees in El Reno and plans to close the office just outside of Oklahoma City.

“While the majority of employees were offered relocation, Halliburton also reduced its workforce in El Reno,” Mir said. “Making this decision was not easy, nor taken lightly, but unfortunately, it was necessary as we work to align our operations to reduced customer activity.”

KOCO reported Tuesday the Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development, Oklahoma Employment Security Commission and other partner agencies will host a hiring event this week for those affected by the layoffs. The event is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Canadian Valley Technology Center campus, 6506 E. Route 66 in El Reno.

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