UPDATE (5 p.m.) – The president of Partner Industrial told News Channel 11 Wednesday that workers currently employed by Brock Services LLC at Eastman Chemical Company’s Kingsport site will have the opportunity to work for Partner.

“Every employee who currently has a badge working for Brock at Eastman will have the opportunity to work for Partner Industrial,” Travis Brisco, the president of Partner Industrial said.

Partner Industrial will be hosting a job fair at MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center Friday through Monday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

“Last week those employees were notified and asked to have completed job applications when attending the job fair,” Brisco said. “This is good news for Partner, good news for the employees and good news for Eastman… I’m excited about the transition, I’m excited about the opportunity employees are getting and Eastman’s continued investment into the community.”

A spokesperson for the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce sent the following statement to News Channel 11:

“In regards to [rebidding], this is a standard procedure in the industry and, while the jobs are changing from one company to another, we are glad to know they are remaining and the individuals will have the opportunity to keep those positions and that the need for those positions and the work is continuing in our community.”

Bob Faegins, Kingsport Chamber of Commerce

UPDATE (4:10 p.m.) – A spokesperson with Eastman Chemical Company told News Channel 11 that Partner Industrial will take over the operations support services contract from Brock Services LLC.

Here is the statement from Eastman Chemical Company regarding the change:

Eastman’s external service providers are key partners in our efforts to remain competitive. It is our policy to periodically review service contracts and, when appropriate, request bids for service contracts to ensure that our service providers’ services and associated costs are competitive in their respective industries.  Late last year, we began the rebid process for Operations Support Services at our Kingsport site, and as a result of this process, Eastman has selected Partner Industrial to provide the services. We understand that Brock employees at the Kingsport site will have the opportunity to transition Partner over the next several weeks.

Candy Eslinger with Eastman Chemical Company

Partner Industrial’s website says the company is a “provider of specialty maintenance services to the downstream energy, power generation, and industrial markets.”

Details were limited at the time.

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) – Brock Services LLC. has filed a WARN notice with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development announcing a “permanent mass layoff” which will take effect March 15.

The notice indicates that 824 employees will be affected.

According to Brock’s website the company, “provides specialty craft and maintenance services to key industries across North America.”

The company is located at 1780 Jared Drive in Kingsport.

No further information was immediately available.

You can read the full WARN notice HERE.