Metal forging company Jorgensen Forge notified 111 workers they may be laid off effective Sept. 11 as its parent company seeks a buyer in bankruptcy court.

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Metal forging company Jorgensen Forge, whose parent company will be sold in a bankruptcy court auction, has warned its 111 workers in Tukwila they may be laid off effective Sept. 11.

Jennifer Mercer, a spokewoman for the parent company, Constellation Enterprises, said that the workers may be employed by the buyer once a deal emerges next month.

Founded in 1940, Jorgensen Forge manufactures forged precision products primarily for the aerospace, oil and gas, and marine and defense markets. In May, Constellation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

At the time, a news release cited weaknesses in its oil and gas and industrial manufacturing subsidiaries, as well as significant operational issues at its Columbus Castings facility, as contributing factors.

Last week Constellation announced it had reached an asset purchase agreement with CE Star Holdings, a newly formed entity organized by a group of Constellation’s secured noteholders, to purchase most of its assets, including Jorgensen.

The sale agreement is part of the bankruptcy process, and will be subject to higher bids at an auction scheduled for Aug. 9. All employees were notified of layoffs as part of that agreement.