News that the Sandow Power Plant outside Rockdale was closing broke on Friday the 13th.
“You would think you could put off till Monday to make that announcement,” Steven Garza chuckles. “But that’s how it went down.”
Garza has worked as an electrician at the plant for four years. He and his wife were driving their son to school when he got the call and had to tell her he would be out of a job.
Michael Morgan worked logistics for a subcontractor at the plant. When a friend told him Sandow was closing, he thought it was a joke.
“I was really in shock,” he says. “It was very difficult going home on Friday the 13th and telling my wife and kids that I was done.”
The Sandow plant was one of three Texas plants the energy company Luminant announced it was closing that day. A coal mine that feeds Sandow is also closing.
The region is expected to lose about 450 jobs from the closures. More than 30 contracting companies are also going to lose business. In this town of 5,600, the impact of those losses could be devastating.