Fracker BJ Services Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

BJ Services, a pressure pumping (i.e. fracking) company, began life in the 1870s. BJ was purchased by, and merged into, Baker Hughes in 2009 for $5.5 billion. In November 2016, Baker Hughes along with financial partners Goldman Sachs and CSL Capital Management combined forces (and money) to turn the Baker Hughes BJ division back into a standalone company (see Baker Hughes, CSL & GS Form New US Fracking Co: BJ Services). On Monday the reconstituted BJ Services filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and announced they are in talks to sell off most of their assets.
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Oilfield Serv. Co. Relocating Office & 200 People from WV to PA

In early 2017, Baker Hughes (prior to GE buying them) spun off its North American shale fracking business (“pressure pumping”) into a new, standalone company called BJ Services (see 3 Parents Give Birth to New Fracking Co: BJ Services). The “new” company involved investments and assets contributed from both Goldman Sachs and CSL Capital Management, in addition to BH. BJ Services used to exist as a standalone company before it was purchased by, and merged into, Baker Hughes in 2009–for $5.5 billion. BJ remained its own separate division within BH, but then got spun out again, back into its own company. We know, a bit confusing. Here’s what you need to know. In March 2016, BH closed its BJ operation in Mill Hall (Clinton County), PA and moved it to Clarksburg (Harrison County), WV. Now the reverse is happening. BJ, the standalone company, announced it is closing the Clarksburg operation and relocating it back to Mill Hall, along with some 200 people…
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