Baton Rouge LA headquartered Stupp Corporation expects to lay off 45 workers at its Baton Rouge pipe fabrication manufacturing plant the pipe facility along Ronaldson Road in mid-November. Stupp Corporation filed Wage Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice with the Louisiana Workforce Commission in early September. Corporation Vice President of Human Resources Mr John Rhodes said the layoffs were the result of the oil market's decline. Mr Rhodes wrote “"The Company carefully analysed this situation and its available options, and it is with regret that it must be reported that the Company has decided to substantially reduce its operations at its steel manufacturing plant.”Most of the employees are part of the local United Steelworkers union but some are salaried workers and layoffs are expected to continue for six months. Stupp blamed the decline in the oil market for the reason it will have excess capacity as its pipe manufacturing plant. In October 2020, Stupp told the state it decided to lay off 300 workers at the pipe manufacturing plant alongside 75 workers at a sister business a pipe coating operation in Baton Rouge. When the price of crude oil was USD 100 a barrel in 2012, the company had 600 employees in the region but has laid off workers before when prices dropped.Stupp has been in operation since 1952. Stupp Coatings, which was founded in 1994, has operations along Leisure Road and at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge.