Chevron's Offices in La Habra Could Expand Amid Layoffs : Restructuring: Oil company plans to cut 130 jobs and consolidate its Western states operations.


Chevron Corp. said Wednesday that it is restructuring its U.S. gasoline business, cutting about 130 jobs and saving $8 million.

The company's offices in La Habra will survive the consolidation, and may expand as they become the petroleum company's Western regional sales center.

Chevron's La Habra marketing office, formed in 1977 to cover Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego counties, will represent Central and Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and West Texas. The company's 210-person sales office in San Ramon will be consolidated into the La Habra unit, which currently has 155 employees.

"The demand for gasoline is flat," said Bill Walcutt, a spokesman for Chevron. "We have to keep costs down to keep our competitive position in the market."

The San Francisco-based oil giant's non-service station staff will be trimmed 6% to 1,900 employees nationally when the restructuring is completed next summer, officials said. They said that they had not determined how many Southern California employees will be laid off. Job cuts also will occur in the company's sales offices in Houston and Atlanta.

La Habra was selected as the site for the Western sales center instead of San Ramon because the Los Angeles area is a larger market and the Bay Area employees should have an easier time finding positions with other Chevron divisions in Northern California, according to officials.

Another La Habra unit, Chevron Petroleum Technology, which has 200 employees, will not be affected by the restructuring, officials said. The division conducts oil field research.

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